Statutory definitions

Administrator-General

4.   Appointment and powers of Deputy Administrator-General-

 (1) The State Government may appoint a Deputy or Deputies to assist the Administrator-General; and any Deputy so appointed shall, subject to the control of the State Government and the general or special orders of the Administrator-General, be competent to discharge any of the duties and to exercise any of the powers of the Administrator-General, and when discharging such duties or exercising such powers shall have the same privileges and be subject to the same liabilities as the Administrator-General.
(2) No person shall be appointed as a Deputy under this section unless he has been for at least three years–
(a) an advocate; or

(b) an attorney of a High Court; or

(c) a member of the judicial service of a State.

The Administrator-General shall be a corporation sole by the name of the Administrator-General of the State for which he is appointed, and, as such Administrator-General, shall have perpetual succession and an official seal, and may sue and be sued in his corporate name.

9.  Right of Administrator-General to apply for administration of estates-

(1) If–

(a) any person has died leaving within any State assets exceeding rupees ten lakhs in value, and

(b) (whether the obtaining of probate of his will or letters of administration to his estate is or is not obligatory), no person to whom any court would have jurisdiction to commit administration of such assets has, within one month after his death, applied in such State for such probate, or letters of administration, and

(c) (in cases where the obtaining of such probate or letters of administration is not obligatory under the provisions of the Indian Succession Act, 1925 (39 of 1925) no person has taken other proceedings for the protection of the estate, the Administrator-General of the State in which such assets are, may, subject to any rules made by the State Government, within a reasonable time after he has had notice of the death of such person, and of his having left such assets, take such proceedings as may be necessary to obtain from the High Court letters of administration of the estate of such person.

(2) The Administrator-General shall not take proceedings under this section unless he is satisfied, that there is apprehension of misappropriation, deterioration or waste of such assets if such proceedings are not taken by him or that such proceedings are otherwise necessary for the protection of the assets.

“Assets” means all the property, movable and immovable, of a deceased person, which is chargeable with and applicable to the payment of his debts and legacies, or available for distribution among his heirs and next-of-kin;

13.  Administrator-General not precluded from applying for letters within one month after death.

– Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to preclude the Administrator-General from applying to the High Court for letters of administration in any case within the period of one month from the death of the deceased.


Administrators-General Act, 1963

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