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Karuppiah Pillai Vs. T.R. Hari Row and anr. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectProperty
CourtChennai
Decided On
Reported in(1911)21MLJ849
AppellantKaruppiah Pillai
RespondentT.R. Hari Row and anr.
Cases ReferredAbdulla Behary v. Mammali Behary I.L.R.
Excerpt:
- .....purchaser destroys the lien. it is conceded that if the purchaser himself had given the pro-note that would not have ipso facto deprived the vendor of his lien. the question is really one of intention, whether the vendor intended to forego his lien or not. we do not see, in the absence of any circumstances pointing to that conclusion, why there should be a presumption in favor of abandonment of the lieu. section 55 of the transfer of property act deals with vendor's lien, and it lays down that there should be such a lien in the absence of a contract to the contrary.2. there is nothing in this case from which such a contract can be inferred, and we think the lower courts have rightly decreed the plaintiff's claim. we may mention that the learned pleader for the 2nd defendant or.....
Judgment:

1. The plaintiff had the vendor's lien in the property in the hands of the 2nd defendant, the purchaser, and it is contended that because the plaintiff accepted a pro-note for a portion of the purchase-money from the 1st defendant, the plaintiff must be held to have lost his lien to that extent. There is no authority which can be said to deal with the exact point raised, viz., whether the acceptance of a personal security by the holder of a lien from a person other than the purchaser destroys the lien. It is conceded that if the purchaser himself had given the pro-note that would not have ipso facto deprived the vendor of his lien. The question is really one of intention, whether the vendor intended to forego his lien or not. We do not see, in the absence of any circumstances pointing to that conclusion, why there should be a presumption in favor of abandonment of the lieu. Section 55 of the Transfer of Property Act deals with vendor's lien, and it lays down that there should be such a lien in the absence of a contract to the contrary.

2. There is nothing in this case from which such a contract can be inferred, and we think the lower courts have rightly decreed the plaintiff's claim. We may mention that the learned pleader for the 2nd defendant or appellant relied upon the rulings reported in Muir v. Jolly (1885) 53 E.R. 851; White v. Wakefield (1835) 58 E.R. 891; T. Cood v. M.D. Cood & Pollard (1822) 10 Price 109; Abdulla Behary v. Mammali Behary I.L.R. (1910) M. 446, but none of these cases bear out his contention. The second appeal is dismissed.


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