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Net Ram Singh Vs. Musammat Tursa Kunwar - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectFamily
CourtMumbai
Decided On
Judge
Reported in(1913)15BOMLR863
AppellantNet Ram Singh
RespondentMusammat Tursa Kunwar
DispositionAppeal dismissed
Excerpt:
.....at the time of his death in 1907, and the proved or admitted facts were that the names of the five brothers were separately entered in the revenue records in regard to specified areas of one of the suit villages, that in 1900 they dealt with those areas as separate owners thereof, that in 1878 there was a partition among them of another village, that there was an entry of the deceased half-brother's name alone in respect of a third village and of the names of the plaintiffs in respect of a fourth village, and that the five brothers enjoyed separately their respective sir lands :-;affirming the high court, that the separate entries in the revenue records standing by themselves were not sufficient to rebut the presumption of hindu law relating to jointnesss, or to prove separate possession..........defendant, tursa kunwar, contested the claim on the ground that her husband was at the time of his death separate from his brothers, and that consequently his share in the several properties had rightly devolved on her. in support of her contention she relied mainly on a number of documents consisting chiefly of entries in revenue records and mortgage deeds separately executed by the brothers.3. the subordinate judge, upon a review of the evidence, was of opinion that the plaintiffs had established their allegation, and accordingly decreed their claim. on appeal, the high court of allahabad has taken a different view. it has held in effect that whatever might have been the position among the plaintiffs inter se, the evidence and inferences from facts proved, left no room for doubt that.....
Judgment:

Ameer Ali, J.

1. The suit, which has given rise to this appeal, was brought by the plaintiffs in the Court of the Subordinate Judge of Aligarh, to obtain a declaration that, as members of a joint undivided Hindu family, they became entitled by right of survivorship to the shares of their half-brother, Chhiddu Sing, in the properties mentioned in the schedule to plaint, upon his death in 1907. The plaintiffs and Chhiddu Sing are the sons by different mothers of one Narayan Sing, who died in 1879. They allege that after their father's death the family continued joint during the whole of Chhiddu's lifetime, and that in 1907, after Chhiddu's death, his widow, Tursa Kunwar, the defendant to the present action, obtained -,, from the Revenue Courts an order to have her name recorded in the Collector's Register as proprietor in place of his deceased husband.

2. The defendant, Tursa Kunwar, contested the claim on the ground that her husband was at the time of his death separate from his brothers, and that consequently his share in the several properties had rightly devolved on her. In support of her contention she relied mainly on a number of documents consisting chiefly of entries in revenue records and mortgage deeds separately executed by the brothers.

3. The Subordinate Judge, upon a review of the evidence, was of opinion that the plaintiffs had established their allegation, and accordingly decreed their claim. On appeal, the High Court of Allahabad has taken a different view. It has held in effect that whatever might have been the position among the plaintiffs inter se, the evidence and inferences from facts proved, left no room for doubt that at the time of his death Chhiddu was separate from his brothers. The learned Judges accordingly varied the decree of the Subordinate Judge and dismissed the plaintiffs' suit, save as regards one village, with respect to which they agreed with the lower Court.

4. The plaintiffs have appealed to His Majesty in Council, and the main contention advanced on their behalf is that the High Court was in error in relying on the entries in the revenue records, which by themselves are not sufficient to rebut the presumption of Hindu law relating to jointness or to prove separate possession by the different members of a family which in its inception was admittedly joint.

5. Their Lordships, however, observe that the learned Judges in the Court below have not rested their judgment merely on entries which, standing by themselves, may be regarded as inconclusive. They have drawn inferences from the acts of the brothers which are consistent only with the hypothesis of separation. They say :-

Not only do we find this separate entry of names in regard of specified areas of the village Nimgaon, but we further find that on the 8th of March 1900, three separate mortgages were made by Net Kam, Kanhai Singh, and Mukhram Singh, respectively. Bach of them purported to mortgage a specified portion of the land in Nimgaon, separately entered in their names and described it as owned and possessed by him alone. So that not only were their names separately entered in the revenue papers in regard to specified areas, but they dealt with those areas as separate owners thereof.

6. The plaintiffs made no attempt to explain how, if the brothers were joint, as they allege, at the time of the transactions, separate mortgages were executed by them in respect of specified areas held by each separately in the village of Nimgaon. The circumstances connected with these mortgages were within their knowledge, and it lay upon them to show that the transactions, although separate, were consistent with jointness.

7. The learned Judges refer also to the admitted partition among the five brothers of the village of Susayan in 1898, to the entry of Chhiddu's name alone in respect of one village, and of the names of his four half-brothers in respect of another, to the separate enjoyment of their respective sir lands by Chiddu and the plaintiffs all tending to show a separation in estate before Chhiddu's death.

8. On the whole, their Lordships see no reason to disturb the finding of the High Court, and they will, accordingly, humbly advise His Majesty that the appeal be dismissed. As the respondent does not appear there will be no costs.


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