Brij Mohan Lal, J.
1. These two civil revisions have been filed by the same applicant. He is a tenant of anaccommodation situate in 22, Queens Road, Allahabad. He has been in arrears of rent for overthree months.
The opposite party took proceedings against him under Section 7B of the Temporary Control of Rent and Eviction Act, 1947 (Act No. 3 of 1947). This section permits a landlord to serve a notice of ejectment through the Munsif s Court on a tenant who has not paid rent for more than three months. The Munsif, while serving the notice, calls upon the tenant to pay up the arrears within fifteen days or to show cause within the said period whyan order directing him to be evicted from the accommodation be not passed against him.
Sub-section (7) of this section provides that it is open to the tenant to file an objection (other than an objection in respect of costs) and in theevent of such an objection being riled the landlord can, on payment of court-fee, convert the proceedings into a suit. The objections filed by the tenants are then to be decided in that suit. But a proviso added to this sub-section lays down that a tenant 'shall not be permitted to file any objection unless he has deposited in court the amount mentioned in the notice.'
2. The applicant, when served with notice by the learned Munsif, filed an objection but made no deposit. The learned Munsif, however, granted him an extension of time to make such deposit. Before the expiry of this extended period the applicant came up in revision to this Court. He has contended before me that the Court below hadno jurisdiction to entertain a petition under Section 7B at the instance of the opposite party.
3. To appreciate this contention it is necessaryto narrate a few facts which are undisputed between the parties. When the accommodation in question was let out to the applicant by the orderof. the Rent Control Officer, one Ghazanfar Ullah was described as the owner of the accommodation. Later on a partition took place be-Sween him and his brother Zulfiqar Ullah (opposite party) and by means of a registered deed of partition the accommodation in question was allotted to Zulfiqar Ullah.
After the partition Ghazanfar Ullah informed the applicant that the house had thenceforward become the property of his brother Zulfiqar Ullah. The applicant tendered rent to him (Ghazanfar Ullah) but the latter refused to accept it informing him that the rent was payable to Zulfi-qar Ullah. Zulfiqar Ullah and his counsel have shown the registered deed of partition to the applicant to satisfy him that the accommodation in question has been allotted to Zulfiqar Ullah. Yet the applicant contends that Zulfiqar Ullah could not maintain a petition against him under Section 7-B of the Act.
4. The applicant's contention is that the term 'landlord' as used in Sub-section (1) of Section 7-B means the person who was the owner of the property at the time when allotment was made to the tenant and does not include a person who may, by act of parties or operation of law, have acquired title to the house after the date Of allotment to the tenant. He has not been able to cite any authority in support of this contention. Nor is there any merit in this argument. The term 'landlord' means a person in whom the title to the accommodation in question is vested for the time being. If he happens to be a person who has acquired the property after the date of its allotment to the tenant he is as much entitled to maintain an application under Section 7-B as the original landlord was. Thecontention put forward by the applicant will lead to startling results. It would mean that if a| person purchases the house in which a tenant is! already residing he can never maintain an application under Section 7-B.
It may also be pointed out that the original landlord will have no longer any interest in moving such an application because his title to the property has ceased to exist. The result, therefore, would be that the tenant shall be at liberty to go on making defaults in paying rent with impunity and will enjoy complete immunity from being proceeded against under Section 7-B of the Act. This could never have been the intention of the legislature. I am, therefore, unable to accept the applicant's contention.
In my opinion the term, 'landlord' means a person in whom the property for the time being vests. Zulfiqar Ullah is now the owner of the property and he can certainly maintain the petition.
5. There is no force in these revisions. They are hereby dismissed with costs.
6. The interim stay orders dated 6-5-53 and 12-10-1953 are vacated.