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Pahalwan Singh Vs. Janki and ors. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectFamily
CourtAllahabad
Decided On
Judge
Reported in(1918)ILR40All17
AppellantPahalwan Singh
RespondentJanki and ors.
Excerpt:
hindu law - bond--suit on bond executed by deceased hindu against his widow and brothers.--form of decree. - .....the four brothers were members of a joint undivided hindu family, it has rightly held that the joint family property, whatever it may be, in the hands of the remaining brothers by survivorship could not be liable for a debt incurred by baldeo, in the absence of any evidence that it was incurred on behalf of the joint family or for the benefit of that family. i doubt whether the modification of the deoree of the court below, to which i think the plaintiff is entitled as a matter of law, will be of any particular benefit to him. the object of this application seems to have been to obtain a decree against the brothers. however, as the matter has been taken up in revision by this court, and as the decree of the court below appears open to objection on this point, i am prepared to modify.....
Judgment:

Piggott, J.

1. On the findings of the court below there should have been an ex parle decree against Musammat Janki, widow of Baldeo, for the sum claimed, with costs, such decree to be recoverable only against any self-acquired property of the deceased Baldeo which might be found in the possession of the widow. The lower court was quite entitled on the pleadings to try an issue whether Baldeo had died joint or separate from Ms brothers (sic)Chunni, Gokui and Bachchu; and having come to the finding that, at the time of Baldeo's death, the four brothers were members of a joint undivided Hindu family, it has rightly held that the joint family property, whatever it may be, in the hands of the remaining brothers by survivorship could not be liable for a debt incurred by Baldeo, in the absence of any evidence that it was incurred on behalf of the joint family or for the benefit of that family. I doubt whether the modification of the deoree of the court below, to which I think the plaintiff is entitled as a matter of law, will be of any particular benefit to him. The object of this application seems to have been to obtain a decree against the brothers. However, as the matter has been taken up in revision by this Court, and as the decree of the court below appears open to objection on this point, I am prepared to modify it. The suit will therefore stand dismissed as against the defendants Chunni, Gokul and Bachchu, with costs both here and in the court below. It will be decreed, with costs in the court below, as against the defendant Musammat Janki, with this proviso, that the amount of the decree will be recoverable only from any self-acquired property of the deceased Baldeo which may be in the possession of this judgement-debtor.


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