President Pranab Mukherjee has signed an Ordinance, or executive order, making amendments to the Enemy Property Act, which plugs the loopholes in the law that guards against claims on properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan and China after the wars of 1962, 1965 and 1971.
Sources said at the time, he also made a few observations about the ordinance being brought thrice -- saying the President also expressed hope that a Bill will be brought soon since it was passed by a joint select committee of Parliament.
President Mukherjee has lately been vocal about executive acts, brought by the government since the Uttarakhand High court quashed the Presidential order imposing Central rule in the state.
Last month, before signing the Ordinance to put NEET or the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test on hold, the President had sought legal advice and asked the health ministry a number of questions.
The Enemy Property Act was put in place in 1968, under which the government vested the property of people who had migrated to China and Pakistan after the wars of 1962 and 1967 in a department called the Custodian of Enemy Property for India.
For now, amendments have been suggested to guard against the claims of succession or transfer of properties.