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Dwarka and ors. Vs. Rampat and ors. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
CourtAllahabad
Decided On
Judge
Reported in24Ind.Cas.235
AppellantDwarka and ors.
RespondentRampat and ors.
Excerpt:
hindu law - partition--joint family property includes occupancy holding--agra tenancy act (ii of 1901), section 32. - .....will act accordingly.2. the next point argued was that amongst the items of property there is an occupancy holding and that under section 32 of the tenancy act no suit can be brought for the division of an occupancy holding. this matter is, in our opinion, also covered by the judgment of the learned judge of this court. there can be no doubt that a suit for partition of property can be brought even if the family property includes an occupancy holding. it does not at all follow that the court must necessarily sub-divide the holding in contravention of the provisions of the tenancy act. the court can either give the occupancy holding to one party taking from that party an equivalent in value. if it be found impossible to do this, the court can leave the occupancy holding undivided,.....
Judgment:

1. The first point taken in this Letters Patent Appeal is that the decree of the Court below which was affirmed by this Court is not a decree for partition. In our opinion the decree can be read as a preliminary decree for partition. It was so interpreted by the learned Judge of this Court and we have not the least doubt when the case goes back to the Court below it will act accordingly.

2. The next point argued was that amongst the items of property there is an occupancy holding and that under Section 32 of the Tenancy Act no suit can be brought for the division of an occupancy holding. This matter is, in our opinion, also covered by the judgment of the learned Judge of this Court. There can be no doubt that a suit for partition of property can be brought even if the family property includes an occupancy holding. It does not at all follow that the Court must necessarily sub-divide the holding in contravention of the provisions of the Tenancy Act. The Court can either give the occupancy holding to one party taking from that party an equivalent in value. If it be found impossible to do this, the Court can leave the occupancy holding undivided, merely making a declaration that the parties are entitled jointly to the holding. In our opinion there is no force whatever in the appeal, which is accordingly dismissed with costs.


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