Long term possession of land by caretakers or agents does not give them the right of ownership of the property

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Long term possession of land by caretakers or agents does not give them the right of ownership of the property: In the matter of A. Shanmugam vs. Ariya Kshatriya Rajakula, the Supreme Court of India has held that the watchman, caretaker or a servant employed to look after the property can never acquire interest in the property irrespective of his long possession. The watchman, caretaker or a servant is under an obligation to hand over the possession forthwith on demand. A Bench comprising of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Dipak Misra dismissed the plea of a watchman claiming ownership of a plot on the basis that his family was taking care of property for two generations. The Bench held that the watchman, caretaker or agent hold the property of the principal only on behalf the principal. He acquires no right or interest whatsoever in such property irrespective of his long stay or possession. 

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