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Shri Ram Prakash Vs. Mohammad Ali Khan (Dead) Through His Legal Representatives - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectProperty
CourtSupreme Court of India
Decided On
Case NumberCivil Appeal No. 1860 of 1967
Judge
Reported inAIR1973SC1269; (1973)2SCC163; [1973]3SCR893; 1973(5)LC591(SC)
ActsTransfer of Property Act; Uttar Pradesh Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act, 1950 - Sections 2(12), 2(13) and 18(1)
AppellantShri Ram Prakash
RespondentMohammad Ali Khan (Dead) Through His Legal Representatives
Appellant Advocate K.P. Gupta, Advs
Respondent Advocate J.P. Gopal and ; Sobhag Mal Jain, Advs.
Cases Referred and Jamshed Jahan Begam and Ors. v. Lakhan Lal and Ors.
Prior historyFrom the Judgment and order dated August 8, 1967 of the Allahabad high Court in Special Appeal No. 2350 of 1953.
Excerpt:
.....of heirs documents in this respect sold to respondent by original owner - apex court observed that grove land fell within ambit of 1950 act and not under tp act - held, appellant's right came to an end on commencement of act of 1950 and no new right was conferred on him. - indian succession act (39 of 1925), section 276: [s.b. sinha, lokeshwar singh panta & b. sudershan reddy, jj] forgery of will - pendency of probate proceedings vis-a-vis criminal case involving allegations of forgery of will whether a civil suit or a criminal case should be stayed in the event both are pending - held, ordinarily a criminal proceeding will have primacy over the civil proceeding. precedence to a criminal proceeding is given having regard to the fact that disposal of a civil proceeding ordinarily..........document of lease and sale in favour of the appellant, ram prakash. he let put his share in the grove land and sold his share in the standing trees to ram prakash. on the same day another similar document was executed in favour of the appellant by smt. abbasi, widow of sakhawat ali. she executed the document for self and as guardian of her minor sons and daughters. the document was in respect of her share and her children's share. subsequent to the execution of those documents the proprietary right of some other co-sharers (presumably some successors of sakhawat ali) in the grove land was sold to one mohammad ali. the appellant instituted a suit some time in 1946 against mohammad ali and others for injunction and alternatively for possession over the grove. some time in 1947 mohammad.....
Judgment:

S.N. Dwivedi, J.

1. In this appeal the bone of contention is a certain zamindari grove. The grove belonged to a number of co-sharers. But in a partition it fell to the share of one Sakhawat Ali and one Hafiz Ali. On February 16, 1946 Hafiz Ali executed a composite document of lease and sale in favour of the appellant, Ram Prakash. He let put his share in the grove land and sold his share in the standing trees to Ram Prakash. On the same day another similar document was executed in favour of the appellant by Smt. Abbasi, widow of Sakhawat Ali. She executed the document for self and as guardian of her minor sons and daughters. The document was in respect of her share and her children's share. Subsequent to the execution of those documents the proprietary right of some other co-sharers (presumably some successors of Sakhawat Ali) in the grove land was sold to one Mohammad Ali. The appellant instituted a suit some time in 1946 against Mohammad Ali and others for injunction and alternatively for possession over the grove. Some time in 1947 Mohammad Ali and others also instituted a rival suit for cancellation of the aforesaid leases. Their case was that the leases were invalid as Section 246 of the U.P. Tenancy Act prohibited the execution of a lease by some of the co-sharers only. The two suits were tried together. The trial court dismissed the suit of the appellant and decreed the other suit. Two appeals were preferred against the decree of the trial court. The lower appellate court granted a decree in favour of the appellant for joint possession over the share of Hafiz Ali and Smt. Abbasi in the grove land. It was held that the lease executed by Smt. Abbasi as guardian of the minors was invalid. So no decree was passed in respect of their shares. The other appeal was disposed of on the same terms. Mohammad Ali then filed two second appeals in the Allahabad High Court. They were numbered 2350 and 2351 of 1953. Second appeal No. 2350 of 1953 was filed against the decree passed in the appellant's suit; second appeal No. 2351 of 1953 was filed against the decree in his own suit. During the pendency of the appeals, Mohammad Ali died and his legal representatives were brought on record. Second appeal No. 2351 of 1953 was dismissed by a learned Judge of the High Court. Second Appeal No. 2350 of 1953 came up for hearing before another learned Judge. The appeal was allowed with respect to the lease of grove land and dismissed as regards the sale of trees. Hence this appeal by special leave.

2. We agree with the learned Judge that after the commencement of the U.P. Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act (hereinafter referred to as the Act), the appellant has no subsisting interest in the grove land. Section 18(1) of the Act provides that all lands in possession or held or deemed to be held by an intermediary as an intermediary's grove on the date immediately preceding the date of vesting shall be deemed to be settled by the State Government with such intermediary. Section 2(12) of the Act defines an intermediary as 'a proprietor, under-proprietor, sub-proprietor, thekedar, permanent lessee in Avadh, permanent tenure-holder of an estate or part thereof.' Section 2(13) defines 'intermediary's grove' as grove land held or occupied by an intermediary as such.

3. As the grove in dispute was an intermediary's grove Mohammad Ali and others, who were intermediaries on the relevant date, became its bhumidars. The lessee of an intermediary's grove land is not an intermediary because he does not fall within the definition of the word 'intermediary'. No other provision of the Act gives him any kind of interest in the intermediary's grove land. Accordingly, the appellant gets no right in the grove land in dispute. The scheme of the Act is to create new rights in place of old rights. The old rights are dead and gone after the commencement of the Act. (vide Rana Sheo Ambar Singh v. Allahabad Bank Ltd., Allahabad : [1962]2SCR441 and Jamshed Jahan Begam and Ors. v. Lakhan Lal and Ors. : [1970]2SCR566 .

4. The decision of the High Court in second appeal No. 2351 of 1953 cannot operate as res judicata in this appeal. Second appeal No. 2351 of 1953 arose out of the suit instituted by Mohammad Ali and others. That suit was for cancellation of the leases on the ground that they were made in contravention of the provisions of Section 246 of the U.P. Tenancy Act. The question whether the Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act gave any rights to the appellant in the grove land in dispute could not be and was in fact not considered in that appeal. In that appeal the material issue was whether the leases were void. The argument on behalf of Mohammad Ali and others in second appeal No. 2350 of 1953 now is that assuming that the leases are valid, the lessee has no subsisting right in the grove land after the enforcement of the Act.

5. As the grove is land covered by the Act; it will be governed by the provisions of the Act and not by the provisions of the Transfer of Property Act. We have already held that the appellant's lessee rights came to an end on the commencement of the Act. And the Act conferred on him no new rights. In the result, there is no force in this appeal. It is dismissed with costs.


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