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Natesa Mudaliar Vs. M.T. Rajamanicka Chettiar - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectCivil
CourtChennai
Decided On
Reported inAIR1942Mad729; (1942)2MLJ424
AppellantNatesa Mudaliar
RespondentM.T. Rajamanicka Chettiar
Excerpt:
- .....by one of the parties before the decree was drafted. at any rate there is no provision in the act which permits the reopening of this appropriation which is not in respect of a payment made tinder the decree.2. on a minor point the appeal must however succeed. the lower appellate court has allowed interest on costs at 6 per cent. the decree for costs has to be treated as a debt to be scaled down under section 9 of the act and the interest thereon will run at 5 per cent. from the date of the decree to 22nd march, 1938, and thereafter at the decree rate of 6 per cent. subject to this slight modification the second appeal is dismissed with costs.3. leave to appeal is refused.
Judgment:

Wadsworth, J.

1. The main contention in this appeal relates to a payment of Rs. 450 made by the 7th defendant pending the suit. In the decree which is dated 3rd October, 1936, this sum of Rs. 450 is appropriated to the amount of interest due on the mortgage. No objection appears to have been taken to this appropriation and when the appeal was filed before the lower Court, it was not contended that this appropriation was wrong. The lower appellate Court's decree is, dated 29th August, 1940. It is now contended that it is open to the defendants to urge that this sum, of Rs. 450 should be appropriated towards principal. I cannot accept this contention. The reopening of a decree under Section 19 of Act IV of 1938 is for the purpose of applying the provisions of the Act to that decree. There is no provision in the Act which permits the re-appropriation of payments made before 1st October, 1937, except only the proviso to Section 19 which deals with payments made under the decree. Although in the present case the appropriation seems to have been made by the Court which necessarily had to make an appropriation in order to work out the amount due under the decree, the appropriation is just as binding on the parties who did not object to it as if it had been made by one of the parties before the decree was drafted. At any rate there is no provision in the Act which permits the reopening of this appropriation which is not in respect of a payment made tinder the decree.

2. On a minor point the appeal must however succeed. The lower appellate Court has allowed interest on costs at 6 per cent. The decree for costs has to be treated as a debt to be scaled down under Section 9 of the Act and the interest thereon will run at 5 per cent. from the date of the decree to 22nd March, 1938, and thereafter at the decree rate of 6 per cent. Subject to this slight modification the second appeal is dismissed with costs.

3. Leave to appeal is refused.


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