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(Vaithi) Matharan and ors. Vs. Narayanaswami Aiyar - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectCivil
CourtChennai
Decided On
Reported inAIR1926Mad210
Appellant(Vaithi) Matharan and ors.
RespondentNarayanaswami Aiyar
Excerpt:
- - so long as the villagers agree, it is well known that the temple 'authorities or the headman of the village lease out the yield from such common resources and utilise the same for common purposes. after all, i am not at all satisfied that the accused in this case did, what they did, dishonestly, and that they did not catch the fish asserting a bona fide right thereto......fish and there is a fortiori no question of any theft of any fish. after all, i am not at all satisfied that the accused in this case did, what they did, dishonestly, and that they did not catch the fish asserting a bona fide right thereto. i think the criticism of the sessions judge that the word ' bona fide' did not appear in the judgment of the magistrate is somewhat meticulous. there is no doubt whatever as to what the magistrate really meant to do. the order of the sessions judge is therefore set aside.
Judgment:
ORDER

Shrinivasa Aiyanger, J.

1. The order of the Sessions Judge directing a re trial of the accused in this case for the offence with regard to which they were discharged by the Magistrate is wrong. There was really no evidence on the record with regard to the ownership of the tank. It appears from the evidence of the karnam that it was poramboke and it was a poramboke tank. So long as the villagers agree, it is well known that the temple 'authorities or the headman of the village lease out the yield from such common resources and utilise the same for common purposes. The mere fact therefore that the fishery in this tank was leased out in previous years by the temple trustees would not, in view of the nature of the common practice, go to establish the ownership in the tank. Unless the ownership in the tank is established, there is no question of possession of the fish and there is a fortiori no question of any theft of any fish. After all, I am not at all satisfied that the accused in this case did, what they did, dishonestly, and that they did not catch the fish asserting a bona fide right thereto. I think the criticism of the Sessions Judge that the word ' bona fide' did not appear in the judgment of the Magistrate is somewhat meticulous. There is no doubt whatever as to what the Magistrate really meant to do. The order of the Sessions Judge is therefore set aside.


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