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A. Thupran alias Kumaran Vs. Haji Esa Sait's son, Mamad Kasim Sait, and Anr. (22.10.1912 - MADHC) - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
CourtChennai
Decided On
Judge
Reported in17Ind.Cas.433
AppellantA. Thupran alias Kumaran
RespondentHaji Esa Sait's son, Mamad Kasim Sait, and Anr.
Excerpt:
malabar compensation for tenants improvements act, (mad. act i of 1900), section 5 - compensation to tenant--improvements effected by third party. - .....have been made by him, his predecessor-in-interest, or by any person not in occupation at the time of the ejectment who derived title from either of them, and for which compensation has not already been paid.' both the lower courts have found that the 2nd defendant was in possession under the lease, exhibit b. it is immaterial whether the improvements were made by the 2nd defendant himself or by any other person in possession before him. it is quite sufficient that the improvements are on the land even if they were made by some previous occupant, and it was not the case of either party that any body except the 2nd defendant was in occupation at the time of the suit. exhibit b shows that the lands were waste at the time of the lease, so that it is clear that the improvements came.....
Judgment:

1. We agree with the learned Judge that the question whether the alienation by Tulsu was for family necessity was not raised in the lower Courts. We must, however, hold that he was wrong in not allowing to 2nd defendant compensation for the improvements on the lands in 2nd defendant's possession. According to Section 5 of the Malabar Compensation for Tenants Improvements Act, 'every tenant shall, on ejectment, be entitled to compensation for improvements which have been made by him, his predecessor-in-interest, or by any person not in occupation at the time of the ejectment who derived title from either of them, and for which compensation has not already been paid.' Both the lower Courts have found that the 2nd defendant was in possession under the lease, Exhibit B. It is immaterial whether the improvements were made by the 2nd defendant himself or by any other person in possession before him. It is quite sufficient that the improvements are on the land even if they were made by some previous occupant, and it was not the case of either party that any body except the 2nd defendant was in occupation at the time of the suit. Exhibit B shows that the lands were waste at the time of the lease, so that it is clear that the improvements came into existence after the plaintiff gave the lease to the 1st defendant. We must, therefore, modify the order of the learned Judge and the decrees of the Courts below by awarding to the 2nd defendant Rs. 458-15-6, the amount which the Commissioner found to be the value of the improvements. The decree for ejectment will be conditional on the payment of this amount.

2. The parties will bear their own costs throughout.


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