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Babu Narsingh Prasad Singh Vs. Puranmashi and ors. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
CourtAllahabad
Decided On
Judge
Reported in161Ind.Cas.762
AppellantBabu Narsingh Prasad Singh
RespondentPuranmashi and ors.
Excerpt:
agra tenancy act (iii of 1926), section 123 - plaintiff's case based on condition that defendant was to pay cess under benares family domains act (iii of 1904)--subject-matter, whether can be subject of suit under section 123, agra tenancy act--civil procedure code (act v of 1908), section 11--subsequent suit not triable by court which tried previous suit--decision cannot be res judicata. - - clearly, therefore, this is a matter which may form the subject of a suit under section 123 of the tenancy act......that the defendants were liable to pay the sum of rs. 273-9-1 annually for their holding as fixed-rate tenants. the plaintiff is the zamindar of the village. the plaintiff had brought a suit for arrears of rent at this rate and only rs. 270-13-0 have been decreed on the ground that rs. 2-12-2 was cess payable under the benares family domains act. act iii of 1904. the word used in that act is 'rate' and the act provides that the maharaja of benares should receive a certain rate from land and that rate should be paid by the tenants to inferior proprietors who could recover it as arrears of rent from the tenants and that the inferior proprietors should pay to the maharaja under section 6, part ii of act iii of 1904. the court below has come to the conclusion that the declaration should not.....
Judgment:

Bennet, J.

1. This is a second appeal by a plaintiff whose suit has been dismissed by the lower Appellate Court. The plaintiff sued in the Court of an Assistant Collector, First Class, for a declaration under Section 123 of the Agra Tenancy Act that the defendants were liable to pay the sum of Rs. 273-9-1 annually for their holding as fixed-rate tenants. The plaintiff is the zamindar of the village. The plaintiff had brought a suit for arrears of rent at this rate and only Rs. 270-13-0 have been decreed on the ground that Rs. 2-12-2 was cess payable under the Benares Family Domains Act. Act III of 1904. The word used in that Act is 'rate' and the Act provides that the Maharaja of Benares should receive a certain rate from land and that rate should be paid by the tenants to inferior proprietors who could recover it as arrears of rent from the tenants and that the inferior proprietors should pay to the Maharaja under Section 6, Part II of Act III of 1904. The Court below has come to the conclusion that the declaration should not be granted under Section 123, because that section only deals with rent and does not include what the Court is pleased to call 'case'. But even on this view it appears to me that the Court is wrong because Section 123(f) states that the suit may be for a declaration of 'any other condition of the tenure required to be specified under Section 55(d) of the U.P. Land Revenue Act, 1901'. That sub-section states that one of the matters to be specified in the register is 'any other condition of the tenure'. Now the case for the plaintiff is that it is a condition of the tenure of the defendants that they should make this payment of Rs. 2 odd per annum. Clearly, therefore, this is a matter which may form the subject of a suit under Section 123 of the Tenancy Act. Respondent argued that the decision in the rent suit might operate as res judicata. That suit was tried by a Tahsildar, an Assistant Collector Class II, and the present suit is only triable by an Assistant Collector, Class I, so Section 11, Civil Procedure Code, will not apply. For these reasons I allow this second appeal with costs and decree the suit of the plaintiff with costs throughout.

2. Permission is not given for a Letters Patent Appeal.


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