1. This petition has been posted before a Bench of two Judges because Govinda Menon, J., before whom it came up in the first instance considered that there was a conflict between rulings of this Court.
2. The first respondent to this petition filed a suit against the petitioner and another originally in the Court of the Subordinate Judge of Bezwada for the recovery of certain moveables or their price. The suit was transferred by the District Judge of Kistna to the Court of the Subordinate Judge of Masulipatam where it was re-numbered as O.S. No. 65 of 1943. The suit was dismissed by the Subordinate Judge of Masulipatam, but on appeal this Court set aside the order of dismissal and remanded the suit for disposal according to law to the lower Court. As the appeal to this Court was from the Court of the Subordinate Judge of Masulipatam, the decree ran that the suit was remanded to the Court of the Subordinate Judge of Masulipatam. When the suit was pending before that Court the plaintiff applied to the District Court to have the suit transferred to the Subordinate Judge's Court at Bezwada and his application was granted. Thereupon the present petition was filed for a re-transfer of the suit to the Court of the Subordinate Judge of Masulipatam.
3. Mr. Appa Rao, the learned advocate for the petitioner, contends that as this Court by its decree remanded the suit for disposal by the Court of the Subordinate Judge of Masulipatam, the District Judge had no jurisdiction to re-transfer the suit to any other Court. Reliance was placed on a decision of Krishnan, J., in Uthuman Ammal v. Naina Mahomed (1922) 44 M.L.J. 338. In that case the High Court remanded a case for trial by the District Munsiff's Court of Madura town. Originally the suit was tried by the Court of the First Additional District Munsiff which was later on designated as the District Munsiff's Court of Madura taluk. But as it was represented to the High Court that the Court which tried the suit had ceased to exist, the suit was remanded for trial by the District Munsiff's Court of Madura town. However, by the time the suit went back, the first Additional District Munsiff's Court had been re-established as the Madura Taluk District Munsiff's Court. The District Court on receiving the papers from this Court passed them on to the Madura Taluk District Munsiff's Court Krishnan, J., upheld an objection to the jurisdiction of that Court to try the case. We entirely agree with the decision of Krishnan, J., on the facts of the case before him. The Madura Taluk Mun-siff's Court could have jurisdiction to try the suit after remand, only if it was empowered to do so in one of two ways : (1) by the decree of this Court remanding the suit for disposal by it; or (2) by an order of the District Court under Section 24 of the Civil Procedure Code. The decree of this Court did not empower the Taluk Munsiff's Court to try the case and there was no order of the District Court under Section 24 of the Civil Procedure Code transferring the suit to that Court. Govinda Menon, J., after looking into the printed papers in the case reported in Uthuman Ammal v. Naina Mahomed (1922) 44 M.L.J. 338 was inclined to think that there was an order of transfer under Section 24 of the Civil Procedure Code made by the District Court. With respect to the learned Judge we think he was wrong. We have also gone through the papers in that case. All that we find is that the papers when they were received by the District Court, were sent by that Court to the Taluk Munsiff's Court (see page 4 of the documents paper in C.R.P. No. 876 of 1921). There is no trace of any order by the District Court under Section 24 of the Civil Procedure Code transferring the suit to the Taluk Munsiff's Court, which therefore had no juris-diction to try the case. On the other hand a decision of a Division Bench of this Court in Singamusetti Venkatiah v. Bopalla Chirranna (1914) M.W.N. 317, supports the view that though the decree of the High Court may remand a suit or appeal for disposal by a parti-cular Court, the District Court can exercise the power under Section 24 of the Civil Procedure Code and transfer the suit to any other competent Court for disposal. In that case an appeal was remanded by this Court to be heard by the District Court. The District Judge instead of hearing the appeal himself, sent it down to the Subordinate Judge for disposal. The learned Judges, Sadasiva Aiyar and Spencer, JJ., held that the order of Court could be supported by the comprehensive language of Section 24 of the Civil Procedure Code under which the District Court's powers of transfer were much wider than under the old law. This decision was followed by Somayya, J., in a case reported in Koya Thangal v. Ravi Varma (1944) 2 M.L.J. 91, where a suit was remanded by the High Court expressly to the District Court for disposal because the Sub-Court which would have had jurisdiction in respect of the suit had been abolished; but by the time the case went back, the Sub-Court was re-established and therefore the District Judge transferred the suit to that Sub-Court The learned Judge upheld the order by relying on Section 24 of the Civil Procedure Code as construed by the Division Bench in Singamusetti Venkatiah v. Bopalla Chirranna (1914) M.W.N, 317. The learned Judge, if we may say so with respect, rightly distinguished the decision in Uthuman Ammal v. Naina Mahomed (1933) 44 M.L.J. 238, on the ground that in that case there was no order of the District Judge under Section 24 of the Civil Procedure Code. We follow with respect the decision of the Division Bench in Singamusetti Venkatiah v. Bopalla Chirranna (1914) M.W.N. 317 and the decision of Somayya, J., in Koya Thangal v. Ravi Varma (1944) 2 M.L.J. 91. In our opinion there is no conflict between these two decisions and the ruling of Krishnan, J., in Uthuman Ammal v. Naina Mahomed (1933) 44 M.L.J. 238. The order of the District Judge in this case was not without jurisdiction. This disposes of the legal objection which made it necessary for the case to be posted before a Division Bench.
4. Different considerations may arise if the order of remand on special grounds indicates a particular Judge to try a case or not to try it but that is hot the case here.
5. The petition will be posted for final orders before Govinda Menon, J.
6. This petition coming on for final disposal (18th February, 1948) before Govinda Menon, J., the Court made the following.
7. In the order referring the case to a Bench, I have already stated that on the merits, I see no reason to differ from the District Judge.
8. The petition is therefore dismissed with costs.