Joint locker can be operated by second owner upon death of hirer: HC

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court held that a joint owner of a bank locker can operate the locker independently in case of death of the other hirer. The order was passed by Justice Shaji P Chaly while considering a plea filed by Lalithambika, a native of Kollam.

In her plea, Lalithambika alleged that bank authorities were not allowing her to operate a joint bank locker after the death of her husband. The petitioner and her husband Sasidharan had opened a locker jointly in State Bank of India (SBI) branch in Chadayamangalam.

However, as Lalithambika approached the bank seeking to open the locker following the death of her husband, she was denied permission. She was later intimated to produce documents proving her legal representation. Following which, she approached the court and filed a petition.

Meanwhile, Justice Shaji P Chaly clarified that the proof documents are required only for a circumstance wherein the locker is permitted to be operated by a nominee after the death of the hirers.

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