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Srilasri Subramania Desikar Gnanasambanda Pandarasannadhigal and anr. Vs. the Collector of Tiruchirapalli - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectProperty
CourtChennai High Court
Decided On
Reported in(1957)2MLJ97
AppellantSrilasri Subramania Desikar Gnanasambanda Pandarasannadhigal and anr.
RespondentThe Collector of Tiruchirapalli
Cases ReferredManjari v. Land Acquisition Collector
Excerpt:
- .....of 1953. it was urged on behalf of the learned government pleader that the cost of examining the title deeds cannot be included in the term ' cost of investment' under section 32(2). i cannot at all agree. before an investment can be made properly and no court should encourage improper and careless investment the title deeds have to be very carefully examined by a competent lawyer. it would be wholly unjustifiable to disallow a reasonable advocate's fee for examination of such title deeds. if authority were required for such an elementary proposition, i may quote a decision of the full bench of the calcutta high court comprising of guha and bartley, jj., in manjari v. land acquisition collector : air1935cal119 . it was not contended by the learned government pleader that advocate's fee.....
Judgment:

Panchapakesa Ayyar, J.

1. The only point for decision in this Civil Revision Petition is whether the lower Court was justified in wholly disallowing the Advocate's fee of Rs. 1,000 claimed for examining the title deeds for the purpose of investing the land as acquisition money, and of Rs. 250, the Advocate's fee for filing and appearing in I.A. No. 158 of 1953. It was urged on behalf of the learned Government Pleader that the cost of examining the title deeds cannot be included in the term ' cost of investment' under Section 32(2). I cannot at all agree. Before an investment can be made properly and no Court should encourage improper and careless investment the title deeds have to be very carefully examined by a competent lawyer. It would be wholly unjustifiable to disallow a reasonable Advocate's fee for examination of such title deeds. If authority were required for such an elementary proposition, I may quote a decision of the Full Bench of the Calcutta High Court comprising of Guha and Bartley, JJ., in Manjari v. Land Acquisition Collector : AIR1935Cal119 . It was not contended by the learned Government Pleader that Advocate's fee for filing and appearing in the I.A. cannot be granted but he said that Rs. 5 or 10 would do. His main contention was that extravagant fees had been claimed in both respects, and that no receipts had also been produced from the Advocates concerned for having received Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 250 respectively. I agree with the learned Government Pleader that the sums claimed are extravagant and cannot be allowed in full. Only much smaller sums can be allowed in both cases. Coming to the examination of title deeds, the properties involved, and the sum to be invested, were worth Rs. 83,400. It is usual in England for examination of title deeds in such big cases to allow one per cent, which will amount to Rs. 834. In India, half that sum alone can be allowed, as this is a poor country, where the fees paid are lesser. So, the fees may be fixed at Rs. 450 roughly for the examination of title deeds. I am not impressed with the contention of the learned Counsel for the petitioner that Rs. 1,000 would be required for the purpose and was really paid, in the absence of any receipt. I cannot think of a mofussil lawyer who will be paid Rs. 1,000 for examination of title deeds. Even leading Madras lawyers may not charge that much. Nor can I agree with the learned Government Pleader that a maximum of Rs. 250 will do for examination of title deeds of properties worth Rs. 83,400. Even if the Government pays only that much to Government Pleaders as allowed, Government Pleaders have various other sums paid to them for other kinds of work, so that maximum will not be criterion for paying to an Advocate, who had perhaps only this work given to him. So I have no hesitation in fixing Rs. 450 under this head. For filing and arguing this I.A. a sum of Rs. 50 ought to be ample, and I fix that sum. So a total sum of Rs. 500 is allowed by me under these two heads, as against the Rs. 1,250 claimed by the petitioner, and the Rs. 5 or 10 contended for by the Government Pleader in respect of the I.A. and Rs. 250 in respect of the examination of title deeds.

2. In the end, therefore, I modify the order of the lower Court by allowing Rs. 500 under both the heads together, and confirm the order of the lower Court otherwise. In the circumstances I direct both the parties to bear their own costs throughout.


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