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Partner in the Real Estate Practice at the Bangalore office of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. Harsha specialises in commercial, retail, and residential real estate transactions across India and seamlessly advises leading domestic and international market players, developers, real estate funds, and high net worth individuals. He can be reached at


The recent Supreme Court (“SC”) judgment in the case of Arunachala Gounder vs. Ponnuswamy[1] is a significant one since it focusses on whether a sole daughter could inherit her father’s self-acquired property dying intestate, prior to the enactment of the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 (“Act”). It also delves into the order of succession after the death of the said daughter.

In this blog, we analyse the judgment and its impact on the property rights of Hindu women and widows under the Act.Continue Reading A daughter’s right: Inheritance and devolution of her father’s self-acquired property