A property inherited by a woman from her husband cannot be claimed by her brother, the Supreme Court has said. A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and R. Banumathi referred to the provision of the Hindu Succession Act. “Language used in Section 15 clearly specifies that the property inherited from the husband and father-in-law would devolve upon the heirs of husband/father-in-law from whom she inherited the property,” the Supreme Court observed.
Uttarakhand HC order
The verdict came on an appeal filed by a man challenging a March 2015 order of the Uttarakhand High Court that found him to be an unauthorised occupant in a property in Dehradun where his married sister, now dead, was a tenant.