Interpleader suit is the right term. While I agree with the opinions of my learned brothers, what Pooja wanted to know is whether it would be an interpleader suit to be filed by a tenant to dutifully pay the rent to the rightful heir of the deceased landlord. To my knowledge, an interpleader suit can be filed only if there are rival claims and if the debtor does not know who the rightful claimant is. In the question raised by Pooja, each of three sons of the deceased landlord claim rent ( perhaps not one-third, but full) So technically an interpleader suit lies.
The opinions of my learned brother give a practical solution. Mr. Kumaravelu concerns himself about the possession of the tenant and he is very right on that issue. Mr. Avinash Patil gives a more practical suggestion. Deposit the rent in the court. This is by far a simple procedure than filing an interpleader suit.
Pooja, vary rarely one files an interpleader suit. A tenant would never get into this kind of litigation, as it consumes lot of time money and energy to litigate.
G V S Jagannadha Rao:: Advocate