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Gooty Agraharam Subramanian and anr. Vs. Agraharam Ramachandra Rao - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectProperty
CourtChennai
Decided On
Reported in85Ind.Cas.503; (1924)47MLJ908
AppellantGooty Agraharam Subramanian and anr.
RespondentAgraharam Ramachandra Rao
Cases ReferredIn Pakkiri Kanni v. Manjoor Saheb
Excerpt:
- - 1 and 2. 2. the plaintiff admits in his evidence that there are several lands belonging to him and the defendants which are in the possession of tenants, that he himself had leased the lands before the date of suit and that the income from the lands was payable to himself as well as to defendants nos. we are clearly of opinion that this is not a case in which there was any inconvenience or difficulty in the way of including the other lands belonging to the plaintiff and the defendants among the properties to be divided in the suit......and defendants nos. 1 and 2.2. the plaintiff admits in his evidence that there are several lands belonging to him and the defendants which are in the possession of tenants, that he himself had leased the lands before the date of suit and that the income from the lands was payable to himself as well as to defendants nos. 1 and 2.3. the district munsif held that the suit was maintainable and the subordinate judge dismissed the appeal of the defendants on the ground that the suit was maintainable. we are clearly of opinion that this is not a case in which there was any inconvenience or difficulty in the way of including the other lands belonging to the plaintiff and the defendants among the properties to be divided in the suit. if some property belonging to the plaintiff and the.....
Judgment:

Devadoss, J.

1. The only point argued in this second appeal is that the suit is not maintainable as it does not embrace all the properties belonging to the plaintiff and defendants Nos. 1 and 2.

2. The plaintiff admits in his evidence that there are several lands belonging to him and the defendants which are in the possession of tenants, that he himself had leased the lands before the date of suit and that the income from the lands was payable to himself as well as to defendants Nos. 1 and 2.

3. The District Munsif held that the suit was maintainable and the Subordinate Judge dismissed the appeal of the defendants on the ground that the suit was maintainable. We are clearly of opinion that this is not a case in which there was any inconvenience or difficulty in the way of including the other lands belonging to the plaintiff and the defendants among the properties to be divided in the suit. If some property belonging to the plaintiff and the defendants was in the hands of a third party claiming adversely to them, or if some property was alienated by one of the co-sharers and if there was some difficulty in including such alienee in the suit, their it may be that the Court would not be inclined to hold that such properties should be brought into the suit. But in this case no such difficulty is alleged to exist. On the other hand the only allegation is that the other properties are in the possession of the tenants of the plaintiff. It was held in Rajendra v. Brojendra (1932) CriLJ 191 that a suit for partial partition would not ordinarily lie. In Pakkiri Kanni v. Manjoor Saheb ILR (1923) M 844 a Bench of this Court held that in certain cases partial partition may be allowed but there must be circumstances which militate against the division of all the family properties and which would be a sufficient reason for the Court to hold that the suit for partial partition should be allowed. But in this case no such circumstances have been brought to our notice. There is no reason why the plaintiff should not have included all the properties belonging to himself and the defendants in his prayer for partition.

4. In the circumstances we allow the appeal of the defendants; but at the same time we do not think that the suit of the plaintiff should be dismissed on this technical ground. We allow him an opportunity to amend his plaint within two months from today. He will pay the costs of the defendants throughout; and the District Munsif will allow the amendment only after he pays the amount of costs to defendants 1 and 2, If he does not amend the plaint the suit will stand dismissed with costs throughout.


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