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Updated December 27th, 2023 at 16:41 IST

88-yr-old Chinese man gifts Rs 3.84 crore house to fruit vendor

An 88-year-old man in Shanghai has bestowed properties, including a valuable flat worth approximately Rs 4 crore, upon a fruit salesman named Liu.

Fruit seller gifted Rs 3.8 crore house by customer.
Fruit seller gifted Rs 3.8 crore house by customer. | Image:Unsplash
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An 88-year-old man in Shanghai has bestowed properties, including a valuable flat worth approximately Rs 4 crore, upon a fruit salesman named Liu. Remarkably, Ma and Liu have no familial or blood ties. The disclosure has left the elderly man's relatives surprised and bewildered. As per a local news outlet, Ma transferred assets exceeding Rs 3.84 crore to Liu, which included a flat. The official agreement and properly signed paperwork serve as documentation for the transfer.

Why did Ma decide to name his properties after a fruit vendor?

In light of Liu's exceptional care for Ma, the elderly man entrusted all his possessions to him. It is reported that Liu not only looked after Ma but also moved in with Ma's wife and children to ensure their well-being during his illness. Liu assumed responsibility for everything after Ma's only child, a mentally ill son, passed away unexpectedly. Surprisingly, none of Ma's family members attended the funeral.

Liu took Ma to the hospital after he fainted from a fall at home and he was the sole person who visited him during his hospital stay.

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Ma's death

After Ma's unfortunate death in December 2021, his three sisters contested Liu's ownership of the properties, arguing that they were entitled to a share of their late brother's wealth. The sisters claimed that Ma's mental state was unstable at the time of the property transfer.

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Agreement between Ma and Liu

Ma's family challenged the 2020 agreement between the elderly man and Liu, claiming that it was void. They argued that Ma, who had developed mental illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease, was no longer psychologically capable of signing the contract.

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Family's response 

In response, Liu was accused of exploiting the situation to obtain signatures on documents during a challenging time for the family. However, notary officials rejected the family's claims, stating that the elderly man's mental state was normal.

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The Baoshan District People's Court upheld the legitimacy of the agreement and ordered that Ma's house and any related funds be transferred to Liu.
 

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Published December 27th, 2023 at 16:26 IST

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