Sale and Ownership

The word ‘sale’ has been defined under Section 54 of the Transfer of Property Act. The definition says that sale is a transfer of ownership in exchange for a price paid or promised or part-paid and part-promised.
Ownership is defined as the relation between a person and an object forming the subject matter of his ownership. It consists in a complex of rights, all of which are right in rem, being good against all the world and not merely against specific person. Owner will have a right to possess the thing which he owns. He may not necessarily have possession of the property or he may have been wrongly deprived of it or may have voluntarily divested himself of it. The owner normally has the right to use and enjoy the thing and right to manage it, i.e. the right to decide how it shall be used. Whereas the right to possession is a right in the strict sense. The position of an owner differs from that of a non-owner in possession in that the latter’s interest is subject to be determined at some future set point. Lastly, the ownership has a residuary character. He might have divested his position by creating lease or mortgage, still his ownership would consist of residuary rights, i.e. the right which remains when all these lesser rights have been given away. Shanti Bhushan v. State of U.P., 2013 (3) AWC 2700.

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