,A son, whether married or unmarried, has no legal right over the house bought by his parents, and he can reside in the house only at the parents' 'mercy', said the Delhi High Court on Tuesday.
"Where the house is self-acquired house of the parents, son whether married or unmarried, has no legal right to live in that house and he can live in that house only at the mercy of his parents up to the time the parents allow," Justice Pratibha Rani said in an order.
"Merely because the parents have allowed him to live in the house so long as his relations with the parents were cordial does not mean that the parents have to bear his burden throughout his life," the court said.
The High court gave this judgement as it was dismissing an appeal made by a husband and wife who had challenged a trial court’s order that had gone in the favour of the parents who had filed a law suit seeking the court’s orders for their son and daughter-in-law to vacate the house in their possession. The concerned parents had filed complaints at the police station stating that their son and daughter-in-law had made their "life hell”. They had also issued public notices in 2007 and 2012 about debarring the son and his wife from their self-acquired property.
The sons and the daughters-in-law had then contested the lawsuit in front of the trial court said that they were the co-owners of the house and had contributions in its purchase and construction. The trial court had however ruled the decision in the favour of the parents, following which the son and his wife had moved to the High court.
The High Court Justice, Pratibha Rani on Tuesday noted that the son and his wife had failed to prove that they too had contributions in the purchase of the house, while the parents had established their contention by revealing the necessary documents.