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Ramalagu Servai Vs. Solai Servai and ors. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectLimitation
CourtChennai
Decided On
Reported in(1921)41MLJ274
AppellantRamalagu Servai
RespondentSolai Servai and ors.
Cases ReferredLakshmi Narasimha v. Lakshmamma
Excerpt:
- - 1. the lower courts were clearly right in applying article 62 of the limitation act to the facts of this case and arunachala v......mad. 402 and. vaidya-natha aiyar v. aiyasamy iyer i.l.r. (1908) mad. 191 which imply this.) if it is said that a duty arose at the time when exhibit c 2 was sent, i think section 18 of the limitation act can not apply to a case under article 62 where there was no fraud at the date when the payment was made and the cause of action arose, but a subsequent act of fraud was relied on to save limitation. the section i is inapplicable to such a case as we are not told how the interest has to be dealt with. lakshmi narasimha v. lakshmamma (1912) 25 m.l.j. 531 is a case where the fraud was at the date of the partition and therefore not subsequent to the date of the cause of action.
Judgment:

Spencer, J.

1. The Lower Courts were clearly right in applying Article 62 of the Limitation Act to the facts of this case and Arunachala v. Ramasamy, I.L.R.(1883) Mad. 191 Vaidynatha Aiyar v. Aiyasami Aiyar (1908) I.L.R. 32 Mad. 191 Lakshmi Narasimha v. Lakshmamma (1912) 25 M.L.J. 531 Sankunni v. Govinda I.L.R(1912) . 37 Mad. 381 and Segu Chidambaramma v. Segu Balayya (1911) 2 M.W.N. 467 are authorities for holding that this Article, and not Article 95, applies where one member of a family which has become divided collects a debt due to the family and keeps the amount. The collection having been made on 2nd May 1909 this suit should have been brought before 2nd May 1912 under Article 62.

2. Reliance is placed on 1st defendants' reply notice Ex C-2 as extending the period of limitation, because the fact of collection was suppressed therein on 11-6-1909.

3. But the plaintiff's cause of action to sue arose by reason of the 1st defendant having kept back the plaintiff's share when he collected it on 2nd May 1909 and thus time had already begun to run when Exhibits C. and C-2 were exchanged.

4. It has not been shown that there was any active and fraudulent concealment from the plaintiff of his right to institute a suit at the time when that right first accrued to him.

5. Section 18 of the Limitation Act will therefore not help the plaintiff to the extent of creating a fresh date for computing the time for instituting this suit.

6. This Second Appeal fails and is dismissed with costs.

Ramesam, J.

7. I agree. It is doubtful whether there is any E fraud in the case so as to attact the application of Article 95 or Section 18 of the Limitation Act. There has been no misrepresentation by the defendant unless it be that the defendant's not communicating to plaintiff the fact of the receipt of the debt by him amounts to one. But as there is no finding as to relationship of any kind between the parties there is no duty to communicate (Vide Arunachala v. Ramasamy I.L.R.(1883) Mad. 402 and. Vaidya-natha Aiyar v. Aiyasamy Iyer I.L.R. (1908) Mad. 191 which imply this.) If it is said that a duty arose at the time when exhibit C 2 was sent, I think Section 18 of the Limitation Act can not apply to a case under Article 62 where there was no fraud at the date when the payment was made and the cause of action arose, but a subsequent act of fraud was relied on to save limitation. The section I is inapplicable to such a case as we are not told how the interest has to be dealt with. Lakshmi Narasimha v. Lakshmamma (1912) 25 M.L.J. 531 is a case where the fraud was at the date of the partition and therefore not subsequent to the date of the cause of action.


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