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Jeladi Burayya and ors. Vs. Ponduri Ramayya and anr. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectFamily
CourtChennai
Decided On
Reported in(1924)46MLJ49
AppellantJeladi Burayya and ors.
RespondentPonduri Ramayya and anr.
Cases Referred and Subramania Chetty v. Chidambara Mudaly
Excerpt:
- .....ago. the plaintiff brings this suit for recovering from the 1st defendant personally and from the minor's estate in the hands of defendants 2 to 5 the amount due under the promissory note, ex. a, which is a renewal of exs. a-1 and a-2. it is found by the learned district judge that the money due under the promissory note was borrowed for the purpose of paying the purchase money for certain lands which the guardian of the minor purchased for him. the question we have to decide is whether the money so borrowed for purchasing lands--we will assume that the purchase was for the benefit of the minor--constitutes a debt really binding on the estate of the minor. there can be no doubt that there was no necessity to borrow this money at all, nor to buy the lands. the district judge has found.....
Judgment:

1. In this case defendants 2 to 5 are the appellants. They are the heirs-at-law of one minor Tirupatayya who died some time ago. The plaintiff brings this suit for recovering from the 1st defendant personally and from the minor's estate in the hands of defendants 2 to 5 the amount due under the promissory note, Ex. A, which is a renewal of Exs. A-1 and A-2. It is found by the learned District Judge that the money due under the promissory note was borrowed for the purpose of paying the purchase money for certain lands which the guardian of the minor purchased for him. The question we have to decide is whether the money so borrowed for purchasing lands--we will assume that the purchase was for the benefit of the minor--constitutes a debt really binding on the estate of the minor. There can be no doubt that there was no necessity to borrow this money at all, nor to buy the lands. The District Judge has found that there was no necessity so to borrow; but he seems to have thought that, as it might be for the benefit of the minor, the minor's estate would be liable. We are unable to agree with this proposition. The guardian had no right whatever to involve the ward's estate in debt for the purpose of purchasing lands to be added to his estate. It has been so decided in this Court in several cases--vide Subramania Nadan v. Ramaswami Nadan : (1913)25MLJ563 and Subramania Chetty v. Chidambara Mudaly : (1921)41MLJ459 . We must, therefore, hold that the debt in this case due under the promissory note sued upon is not binding on the minor's estate or the heirs of the minor, and the decree passed against the minor's estate in the hands of his heirs must be set aside. All that the plaintiff is justly entitled to is to have a decree against the lands actually purchased with the money advanced by him. There will, therefore, be a decree in favour of the plaintiff only against the lands covered by Ex. I, the purchase-money under which the promissory note amount was borrowed. The lower Court has refused a personal decree against the 1st defendant. There is no appeal against that portion of the decree and, therefore, we cannot pass any orders against the 1st defendant in this appeal.

2. As regards costs, the right order to pass in this case is to give defendants 2 to 5 their full costs throughout, the plaintiff paying such costs. As between the plaintiff and the 1st defendant, there will be no order as to costs in the second appeal.


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