Report No. 204
2. The Present Study
Section 8 of the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 (in short HSA) contains general rules of succession in case of males. Accordingly, the property of a male Hindu dying intestate shall devolve according to the provisions of this Chapter1:-
1. Chapter II on Instestate Succession, containing section 5 to 29.
(a) firstly, upon the heirs, being the relatives specified in class I of the Schedule;
(b) secondly, if there is no heir of class I, then upon the heirs, being the relatives specified in class II of the Schedule; 1 Chapter II on Intestate Succession, containing Sections 5 to 29.
(c) thirdly, if there is no heir of any of the two classes, then upon the agnates of the deceased; and
(d) lastly, if there is no agnate, then upon the cognates of the deceased.
The heirs in class I and class II in the Schedule to HSA, as amended by the Act 39 of 2005, are as follows: