January 15, 2005
The Chairman and Managing Director
State Bank of India and Associate banks and 17 Nationalised banks.
The Managing Director
ICICI/IDBI/HDFC/UTI Bank Ltd.
Stock Holding Corporation of India Ltd.
Relief / Savings Bonds Schemes – issue of
Payment Orders / Drafts for matured Bonds
We have been receiving suggestions from the
Joint Holders of the captioned bonds that the Payment Orders representing the
Maturity Proceeds in respect of Relief / Savings Bonds be issued in the name
of any one of the investors instead of all the holders as is being done at present.
The matter was examined by us and we advise that "Section 45 of the Indian
Contract Act, 1872 deals with the devolution of joint rights. It provides for
a contrary intention to be declared. Joint Holders Power of Attorney declares
the intention of the Joint Holders who sign it. As such, there can be no objection
to release the payment of maturity proceeds in favour of the joint holder in
whose favour all other remaining holders have executed a power of attorney as
per the prescribed format of Joint Holders Power of Attorney. It will be in
order to issue a pay order in the name of the Joint Holder in whose favour the
said Power of Attorney has been executed".
2. In the light of the above and with a view
to providing better customer service, it has now been decided to allow release
of Maturity Proceeds also in favour of one of the joint holders in whose favour
all other remaining holders have executed a Power of Attorney as per the Joint
Holders Power of Attorney (format enclosed). Interest Warrants are already allowed
to be issued in the name of first holder subject to obtention of Joint Holders
Power of Attorney. (cf. No.CO.DT.13.01.201/1488/2000-01 dated September 20,
3. You may, therefore, issue Payment Order representing
the Maturity Proceed, if requested, in the name of the Joint Holder in whose
favour the Power of Attorney has been executed.
4. Please issue necessary instructions to the
designated branches operating the scheme.
5. Please acknowledge receipt.
(D. Rajagopala Rao)
Deputy General Manager