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Yajju Adinarayana Vs. Gurala Jagannadha Rao - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectProperty;Contract
CourtChennai
Decided On
Reported in(1949)1MLJ557
AppellantYajju Adinarayana
RespondentGurala Jagannadha Rao
Excerpt:
- - i and d-2 as well, as at the time of registration of ex......to the fifth defendant. the plaintiff has brought the present suit for specific performance of the contract of sale, ex. p-i alleging that defendants 1 to 4 have committed default in the performance of their part of the contract and have sold the property to the fifth defendant with a view to-deprive the plaintiff of the benefit of the agreement in his favour. the fifth defendant denies the truth of the contract set up by the plaintiff, ex. p-i and further pleads that he is a bona fide purchaser for value without notice. it is found by the courts below that ex p-i is a true and valid agreement supported by consideration and therefore capable of specific performance. on, the question whether the fifth defendant is a bona fide purchaser for value without notice the courts below have.....
Judgment:

Viswanatha Sastri, J.

1. The first defendant is the appellant in this second appeal On the 11th February, 1943, defendants 1 to 4, the owners of the suit property agreed to sell the same to the plaintiff for Rs. 380 under an agreement for sale marked as Ex P-1, On the date of the said agreement a sum of Rs. 50 was paid as advance and the balance was made payable at the time of the execution of the sale deed Time for performance was fixed at six months. Shortly after the agreement defendants 3 and 4 sold their moiety of the property to the fifth defendant' under Ex. D-2 dated x 11th March, 1943. On the same day, the fifth defendant purported to purchase from D.W. 2, in the case, a quarter share of the property under Ex D-I It is found by the lower appellate Court that D.W. 2 had no title to the and that the purchase by the fifth defendant was merely a make believe affair On 24th November, 1943, defendants 1 and 2 purported to sell a fourth share of the property to the fifth defendant. The plaintiff has brought the present suit for specific performance of the contract of sale, Ex. P-I alleging that defendants 1 to 4 have committed default in the performance of their part of the contract and have sold the property to the fifth defendant with a view to-deprive the plaintiff of the benefit of the agreement in his favour. The fifth defendant denies the truth of the contract set up by the plaintiff, Ex. P-I and further pleads that he is a bona fide purchaser for value without notice. It is found by the Courts below that Ex P-I is a true and valid agreement supported by consideration and therefore capable of specific performance. On, the question whether the fifth defendant is a bona fide purchaser for value without notice the Courts below have differed the lower appellate Court holding that he was not. It lies upon the party seeking to defeat a prior contract for the sale of land to prove that he is a purchaser for value bona fide and without notice of the previous contract. The initial burden is upon the purchaser. It may be that very little evidence on the part of the purchaser is sufficient to discharge the onus in a particular cage. But here, we have the express state-merit of P.W. 2 whose evidence has been accepted by both the courts that on the day after the execution of the agreement (Ex P-I) he informed the fifth defendant of the contract of sale. Further, it is found from the document (Ex. 2) admitted as additional evidence on appeal by the learned Subordinate Judge, that at the time of the registration of Exs. I and D-2 as well, as at the time of registration of Ex. D-3, the plaintiff raised an objection to the registration of the sale deeds on the ground that there was a valid and subsisting contract for the sale of the property in his favour and therefore the deeds should not be registered. It is therefore clear on the evidence and on finding of the lower appellate Court that the fifth defendant was not a purchaser for value without notice and has no valid defence to the suit for specific performance.

2. I therefore agree with the conclusion of the lower appellate Court and dismiss the second appeal with costs.

3. No leave.


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