Norman Macleod, Kt., C.J.
1. The plaintiff applied in Darkhast No. 138 of 1918 for a stay of execution proceedings for the execution of the decree in Suit No. 61) of 1915 pending the disposal of his suit No. 110 of 1918 in which he prayed for a decoration that the decree in Suit No. 69 of 1915 was void and in Capable of execution as against him.
2. The First Class Subordinate Judge of Pooma made an order for stay of execution in Darkhast No. 138 of 1918 pending the disposal of the plaintiff's suit on the plaintiff's furnishing security to the extent of Rs. 11,000.
3. The question now arises whether that is an appealable order. It can only be appealable if it is an order under Section 47. In Section 47 no mention is made of an order for stay of execution. The words which appear at the end of Section 244 (c) in the Code of 1882 'o the stay of execution thereof' have been omitted. It is that the words are omitted, because they are unnecessary, question regarding the stay of execution being a question regaring the execution of a decree. Reference must be made to Section 2 in which 'a decree' is defined. It is provided that 'decree shall be deemed to include the rejection of a plaint and the determination of any question within Section 47'. It is therefore intended that orders made under Section 47 as being in the nature of decrees should be appealable as decrees. It is difficult to imagine that the Legislature thought that an order for the stay of execution would be considered in any way as in the nature of a decree and that therefore it should be deemed to be included within the term 'decree'. A question relating to the stay of execution is within the discretion of the Court to which the application is made, and it is certainly not desirable to extend the number of appealable orders unless there is distinct authority for such an extension.
4. I note this, is the view taken by Mr Mulla in his commentary while the opposite view is taken by Mr. Woodroffe.
5. The appeal therefore must be dismissed with costs.
6. I concur. I would only add one further argument in favour of the view that no appeal lies. No doubt the words 'questions relating to the execution of a decree' are very wide and prima facie cover a question regarding stay of execution of a decree, But in construing the words of Section 47 the Court is entitled to have regard to the fact that the corresponding section of the old Code contains an express reference to a stay of execution, which has been omitted in the present section. I do not think that this omission is necessarily due to its being considered that the previous words of the section were wide enough to cover this particular question. I think it is very likely that it was considered that a suit would never be brought in regard to the mere question of a stay of execution and that it was, therefore, unnecessary to make the section cover such a question.