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Clearing the mist on banking and insurance nomination rules

By Kaushik Gupta

Queer individuals in India can designate their partners or friends as nominees and successors for their bank accounts and insurance policies
This illustration shows a copy of the reply received from the LIC against the application filed by queer couple Suchandra Das and Sree Mukherjee under the RTI Act, 2005. The couple had asked if it was possible for them to nominate anyone who was not related to them by birth, consanguinity, marriage or adoption as a nominee for their insurance policies. The reply clearly states that there is no illegality in nominating any person, including a stranger or a legal entity. This part of the reply has been highlighted in the illustration in red colour. The reply also has details pertaining to other minor queries filed in the RTI application. The reply, dated April 26, 2022, is printed on the official letterhead of the LIC and carries details such as the name and signature of the LIC official concerned and the address of the LIC office in Delhi. The residential address of Suchandra Das and Sree Mukherjee has been redacted for reasons of confidentiality. Copy of reply courtesy Suchandra Das and Sree Mukherjee
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