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Bharat Indu and ors. Vs. Asghar Ali Khan - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
CourtAllahabad
Decided On
Judge
Reported inAIR1923All460; 73Ind.Cas.453
AppellantBharat Indu and ors.
RespondentAsghar Ali Khan
Cases ReferredRitu Kuer v. Alakhdeo Naram Singh
Excerpt:
civil procedure code (act v of 1908), order ix, applicability of, to execution proceedings - application for execution dismissed in default--remedy, proper--order refusing to restore application for execution dismissed in default, whether appealable. - u.p. zamindari abolition & lands reforms act, 1951 [act no. 1/1951]. section 3(4) & u.p. land revenue act, (3 of 1901). sections 14-a (3) & 14; [s.rafat alam, r.k.agarwal & ashok bhushan, jj] expression collector- held, it includes additional collector. powers and functions of collector can be exercised by additional collector under section 198(4) of 1950 act, provided he has been so directed by collector of the district. [1996 aihc 3628 overruled]......not described as falling under the provisions of any specified section or rule of the code of civil procedure, but offering an explanation of the alleged default of prosecution and asking the court to restore the application of april the 7th 1920, to its file and to proceed with its disposal according to law. the court below has rejected this application on the ground that the provisions of order ix of the code of civil procedure have no application to execution proceedings and that the decree-holder's remedy, if any, was to make a fresh application for execution of his decree. the authority quoted for this view of the law is the decision of the privy council in the case of thakur prasad v. faker ullah 17 a. 106 : 5 m.l.j. 3 : 22 i.a. 44 : 6 sar. p.c.j. 526 : 8 ind. dec. (n.s.) 393.....
Judgment:

1. This is an appeal by the decree-holder in an execution matter. In the form in which it comes before us in consequence of the decision of the Court below, it raises a simple question of law. On the 28th of May 1921 an application fot execution of a certain decree, which had been made on the 7th or April (sic), was dismissed by the Execution Court on the ground that the decree-holder had railed to prosecute it with due diligence. On the 1st of June 1921 the decree-holder presented to the Court below an application not described as falling under the provisions of any specified section or rule of the Code of Civil Procedure, but offering an explanation of the alleged default of prosecution and asking the Court to restore the application of April the 7th 1920, to its file and to proceed with its disposal according to law. The Court below has rejected this application on the ground that the provisions of Order IX of the Code of Civil Procedure have no application to execution proceedings and that the decree-holder's remedy, if any, was to make a fresh application for execution of his decree. The authority quoted for this view of the law is the decision of the Privy Council in the case of Thakur Prasad v. Faker Ullah 17 A. 106 : 5 M.L.J. 3 : 22 I.A. 44 : 6 Sar. P.C.J. 526 : 8 Ind. Dec. (N.S.) 393 (P.C). On the face of it this case is decisive against the decree-holder. He had no right in law to apply for the restoration of his application of the 7th of April 1920 and, what is more, nothing in Order XLIIT, Rule 1, Clause (c) of the Code of Civil Procedure would give him any right of appeal against the decision of the Court below rejecting his application. It has been contended before us that the decision of the Privy Council above referred to ceases to govern the case, by reason of the provisions of Section 141 of the present Code of Civil Procedure (Act No. V of 1908) in which an explanation which had been added by the Amending Act No. VI of 1892, to Section 407 of the former Code of Civil Procedure, was omitted. The history of this matter is somewhat curious, but we think there can be no doubt that the correct view is that taken by the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court in the case of Hari Charan Ghosh v. Manmatha Nath Sen 19 Ind Cas. 683 : 41 C. 1 at p. 4 : 18 C. W.N. 343. This ruling has since been followed by the Patna High Court in the case of Ritu Kuer v. Alakhdeo Naram Singh 47 Ind. Cas. 154 : 4 P.L.J. 330 : (1918) Pat. 265 : 5 P.L.W. 208.

2. We think the decision of the Court below was correct and, moreover, that no appeal has against it. We dismiss this appeal with costs.


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