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Sriraman (N.) and ors. Vs. Ganesa Engineering Works, Ltd. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectLabour and Industrial
CourtChennai High Court
Decided On
Judge
Reported in(1967)ILLJ793Mad
AppellantSriraman (N.) and ors.
RespondentGanesa Engineering Works, Ltd.
Excerpt:
- - 10 of 1962. the petitioners (23 in number) applied to the additional commissioner for workmen's compensation under section 15(2) of the payment of wages act for awarding to them wages which they alleged bad bean wrongfully deducted. with regard to the maintainability of an appeal if there were no specific provisions permitting an appeal it may perhaps be argued that the ordinary incidents of the procedure applying to civil courts like appeals, etc......an appeal it may perhaps be argued that the ordinary incidents of the procedure applying to civil courts like appeals, etc., would not apply. it appears to me that when the power is given to the court of small causes in the city and to the district courts in the mufaseal to entertain appeals, these courts are functioning as ordinary civil courts of the country and, as such, they would have powers of ordinary civil courts at least as far as proceedings in those courts are concerned. i am of opinion, therefore, that the learned chief judge of the court of small causes had the power to deal with this matter and set aside the ex parte order of dismissal if he chose. as the learned chief judge of the court of small causes had already found that he considers that it is a case where he.....
Judgment:

Alagiriswami, J.

1. This is a petition to revise the order of the learned Chief Judge of the Court of Small Causes. Madras, in Miscellaneous Petition No. 1205 of 1962 in P.W.A. No. 10 of 1962. The petitioners (23 in number) applied to the Additional Commissioner for Workmen's Compensation under Section 15(2) of the Payment of Wages Act for awarding to them wages which they alleged bad bean wrongfully deducted. The Additional Commissioner rejected the petitioners' claim and thereupon the matter was taken on appeal to the Court of Small Causes, as provided under Section 17 of the Payment of Wages Act. The Small Causes Court dismissed the appeal for default and the Miscellaneous Petition No. 1205 of 1962 was filed by the petitioners to restore their appeal to the file. The learned Chief Judge of the Court of Small Causes was of opinion that he had no power to set aside the order of dismissal but that if he had the power, he would consider this as a case where the dismissal ought to be set aside. On the first point, it has been urged by the respondent that the Court of Small Causes has no power to set aside the order of dismissal, as the Court in dealing with matters arising under the Payment of Wages Act is not functioning as an ordinary civil Court, but as a specified tribunal and, therefore, would not have the ordinary powers conferred on a civil Court by the Code of Civil Procedure to restore an appeal dismissed for default. With regard to the maintainability of an appeal if there were no specific provisions permitting an appeal it may perhaps be argued that the ordinary incidents of the procedure applying to civil Courts like appeals, etc., would not apply. It appears to me that when the power is given to the Court of Small Causes in the city and to the District Courts in the mufaseal to entertain appeals, these Courts are functioning as ordinary civil Courts of the country and, as such, they would have powers of ordinary civil Courts at least as far as proceedings in those Courts are concerned. I am of opinion, therefore, that the learned Chief Judge of the Court of Small Causes had the power to deal with this matter and set aside the ex parte order of dismissal if he chose. As the learned Chief Judge of the Court of Small Causes had already found that he considers that it is a case where he would have set aside the order of dismissal if he had the power, I do not think it necessary that the matter should be sent back. The civil revision petition is allowed and the appeal would be restored to file in the Court of Small Causes. The learned Chief Judge, Court of Small Causes, will restore to file the appeal and dispose it of in accordance with law. No costs.


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