SERVICEMEN (COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF SPECIFIED PROPERTY) ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Committee to take charge of movable property of a deceased serviceman and to pay referential Charges.

3. Preferential charges.

4. Sri Lanka estate of a deceased serviceman.

5. Decision of questions as to preferential charges and the amount thereof.

6. Payment of preferential charges by other persons.

7. Powers and duties of the committee where preferential charges are not paid or secured.

8. Disposal of property and money delivered to paymaster.

9. Disposal of medals and decorations.

10. Property in custody of committee not to be property for application for, or grant of, probate or letters of administration.

11. Application of section 547 of the Civil Procedure Code.

12. Validity of payments and sales under this Act.

13. Saving for rights of executor or administrator.

14. Application of Act to deserters.

15. Application of Act to person of unsound mind.

16. Regulations.

17. Interpretation.

18. Act to prevail in case of conflict with other written law.

41 of 1957.

AN ACT to provide for the collection and disposal of certain property belonging to deceased servicemen and for the application, subject to modifications, of the provisions of this act relating to such servicemen and to servicemen who have deserted, absented themselves or become of unsound mind.

[Date of Commencement: 6th September. 1957]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Servicemen (Collection and Disposal of Specified Property) Act.

2. Committee to take charge of movable property of a deceased serviceman and to pay referential Charges.

On the death of a serviceman a committee (hereinafter referred to as "the committee”) consisting of the prescribed number of persons appointed by the prescribed authority shall, as soon as may be and in accordance with regulations made under this Act—

(a) take charge and make an inventory of movable property belonging to such serviceman which is in the care, control or custody of the naval, military or air-force authorities at the time of his death or which came into such care, control or custody after his death;

(b) collect any money due to such serviceman as salary, batta or other allowance; and

(c) ascertain the amount of, and, subject to the provisions of sections 6 and 7, provide for the payment of, the preferential charges.

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