1. This is an application in revision by the judgment-debtor, Makkhan Lal, against the order of the learned Judge, Small Cause Court, Allahabad, for the execution of a decree by arrest of the applicant. The opposite party, Mt. Bhagwana Kuer, had a decree against the applicant. She applied for execution on 19th April 1932. The decree was transferred for execution against the zamindari property to the Court of the West Munsif, Allahabad, on 20th May 1932, and the property was attached on 26th May 1932. The sale of the property has been stayed under the orders of the Government. On 14th February 1935 the opposite party applied to the learned Judge, Small Cause Court, for execution by arrest of the applicant judgment-editor. On 8th March 1935, the learned Judge, Small Cause Court, ordered the execution to proceed by the arrest of the judgment-debtor. Against this order the judgment-debtor has come here in revision.
2. It was urged by the learned Counsel for the applicant that it was not permissible to have execution proceedings in more than one Court and as the decree had already been transferred, as stated above, to the Court of the West Munsif, Allahabad, the Small Cause Court Judge had no jurisdiction to entertain another execution application and to pass the order in question. Reliance has been placed on Section 38, Civil P.C., which lays down:
A decree may be executed either by the Court which passed it or by the Court to which it is sent for execution.
3. There is nothing in this section to restrict the powers of the Court which passed the decree for executing it. Section 39 lays down the cases in which the decree may be sent to another Court for execution. Under C I. (b), Section 39, the Court which passed the decree may, on the application of the decree-holder, send it for execution to the Court within whose jurisdiction the judgment-debtor has the property against which the decree-holder wishes to execute his decree. There can be no doubt that the execution against the same property cannot take place in two Courts at one and the same time. But there is no bar for execution in one Court against the property and in another Court by other means.
4. The learned Counsel for the applicant relies on Maharajah of Bobbili v. Narasaraju Peda Beliara Simhulu 1916 39 Mad 640. But this case does not help the applicant as it does not touch the point of concurrent execution in more than one Court at one and the same time. It only relates to the execution against a property. The point was considered in Sarasti Prasad v. Peoples' Industrial Bank Ltd. 1917 15 ALJ 532 where it was held:
Where a decree is passed by one Court and is transferred to another for execution, the decree-holder is entitled to make an application for execution to the former Court inasmuch as concurrent execution of decrees is permissible.
5. As regards the merits of the case, the decree was passed in March 1932, on the basis of a pro-note of 1929. The judgment-debtor has not paid anything out of the decretal amount since 1932 when the decree was passed. As already stated, the execution of the decree by sale of the zemindari property has been stayed under the orders of the Government. It, therefore, became necessary for the decree-holder to take some other means to realise the money. It has not been shown that the judgment-debtor cannot arrange to raise money by mortgaging his zemindari property or otherwise to satisfy the decree. It appears that the judgment-debtor is deliberately making no efforts to pay up the decretal amount. Under these circumstances there is no reason why the decree-holder should not be allowed to proceed with the execution of her decree in the manner allowed to her by the law.
6. It was also urged by the learned Counsel for the applicant that the applicant may be allowed some time to arrange for the money and to pay up the decree. A stay order in favour of the applicant was passed on 11th March 1935. The applicant, therefore, has had about one year to make arrangement for the payment of the decretal amount if he had wished to do so. There is no force in the application. It is, therefore, ordered that the application be dismissed with costs. The stay order is discharged.