160. Disposal of unclaimed property of deceased seamen.-
(1) Where no claim to the property of a deceased seamen or apprentice received by a shipping master is substantiated within one year from the receipt thereof by such shipping master, the shipping master shall cause such property to be sold and pay the proceeds of the sale into the public account of India.
(2) If, after the proceeds of the sale having been so paid, any claim is made thereto, then, if the claim is established to the satisfaction of the shipping master, the amount or so much thereof as shall appear to him to be due to the claimant, shall be paid to him, and if the claim is not so established, the claimant may apply by petition to the High Court, and such Court, after taking evidence either orally or on affidavit, shall make such order on the petition as shall seem just: Provided that, after the expiration of six years from the receipt of such property by the shipping master, no claim to such property shall be entertained without the sanction of the Central Government.
1[Provided further that if, before the expiration of six years after the proceeds of the sale have been so paid, no claim is made thereto the amount or any part thereof may be utilised for the welfare of seamen in such manner as the Central Government may direct.]