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The Murshidabad Estate Administration Act, 1933

Act No. 23 of 19331

[21st September, 1933.]

An Act to provide for the appointment of a Manager on behalf of the Secretary of State of the properties of the Nawab Bahadur of Murshidabad and to define the powers and duties of the Manager.

WHEREAS the Murshidabad Act, 1891 (15 of 1891), confirming and giving effect to an Indenture between the Secretary of State and the Nawab Bahadur of Murshidabad amir-ul-Omrah, provides that in case the said Nawab Bahadur or any of his lineal heirs male successors to the titles shall contravene any of the terms of the said Indenture or shall disable himself from duly maintaining the dignity of his position and station it shall be lawful for the Secretary of State for the time being to enter into and upon the immovable properties mentioned in the Indenture and to exercise certain powers therein specified in the manner therein set forth;

2[AND WHEREAS by virtue of section 177 of the Government of India Act, 1935 (26 Geo. 5, e. 2.), the said indenture is, as from the commencement3 of Part III of that Act, to have effect as if it had been made on behalf of the Province of Bengal and references therein to the Secretary of State in Council are to be construed accordingly;]

4[AND WHEREAS by virtue of paragraph (2) of Article 8 of the Indian Independence (Rights, Property and Liabilities) Order, 1947, the said indenture is, as from the date of establishment of the Dominion of India, to have effect as if it had been made on behalf of the Province of West Bengal, and all rights and liabilities which have accrued and may accrue under the said indenture, to the extent to which they would have been rights or liabilities of the Province of Bengal, are the rights and liabilities of the Province of West Bengal.]

AND WHEREAS it is expedient to make further provision for the due exercise of 5[the said] powers by the 6[State Government of 7[West Bengal]] by the appointment of a Manager who shall on bahalf of the 6[State Government of 7[West Bengal]] exercise the powers aforesaid, and by defining the duties and powers of such Manager, and the manner in which the rents, issues and profits of the immovable properties of the estate and the monthly sum of Rs. 19,166-10-8 payable from the Government treasury at Berhampore in the district of Murshidabad in 7[West Bengal] shall be applied;

AND WHEREAS it is further expedient to afford to the Nawab Bahadur protection against the disabilities to which he is exposed by reason of his embarrassed circumstances and to prevent further increase in his debts and to provide means for such repayments to his creditors as are compatible with the payment to the Nawab Bahadur of a sum sufficient for the maintenance of his position and dignity;

It is hereby enacted as follows:-



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