Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956
27.Title to dividends.-
(1) It shall be lawful for the holder of any security whose name appears on the books of the company issuing the said security to receive and retain any dividend declared by the company in respect thereof for any year, notwithstanding that the said security has already been transferred by him for consideration, unless the transferee who claims the dividend from the transferor has lodged the security and all other documents relating to the transfer which may be required by the company with the company for being registered in his name within fifteen days of the date on which the dividend became due.
Explanation.- The period specified in this section shall be extended-
(i) in case of death of the transferee, by the actual period taken by his legal representative to establish his claim to the dividend;
(ii) in case of loss of transfer deed by theft or any other cause beyond the control of the transferee, by the actual period taken for the replacement thereof; and
(iii) in case of delay in the lodging of any security and other documents relating to the transfer due to causes connected with the post, by the actual period of the delay.
(2) Nothing contained in sub-section (1) shall affect-
(a) the right of a company to pay the dividend which has become due to any person whose name is for the time being registered in the books of the company as the holder of the security in respect of which the dividend has become due; or
(b) the right of the transferee of any security to enforce against the transferor or any other person his rights, if any, in relation to the transfer in any case, where the company has refused to register the transfer of the security in the name of the transferee.