1. We think the law is correctly stated in the opinion expressed by Sir Bahshyam Aiyangar in his judgment in the Full Bench case of Periasami Mudaliar v. Seetharama Chettiar I.L.R. (1903) M. 243. The sons of the deceased having been brought on the record in their character of personal representatives of the deceased, the decree should be against them as personal representatives, the amount of the decree to be realised from the estate of the deceased in their hands. It has been contended that the form of the decree adopted by the lower appellate Court may be upheld on the ground that, the debt incurred by the deceased defendant is a family debt. There are two answers to the contention. The question cannot be gone into in this suit since the defendants Nos. 2, 3 and 4 were brought on the record in their representative capacity. Further, the 2nd defendant was relieved from the liability by the decree of the lower appellate Court and there has been no appeal against this.
2. We allow the appeal, set aside the decree of the Subordinate Judge and restore that of the Munsif.
3. The parties will pay their own costs in this Court and in the lower appellate Court.