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Govindasami Chettiar and anr. Vs. M.V.N. Kalidoss Chettiar and Sons by Partner Kalidoss Chettiar and ors. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectCivil
CourtChennai High Court
Decided On
Reported in(1972)2MLJ593
AppellantGovindasami Chettiar and anr.
RespondentM.V.N. Kalidoss Chettiar and Sons by Partner Kalidoss Chettiar and ors.
Excerpt:
- .....4 in insolvency petition no. 2 of 1965 on the file of the court of the subordinate judge, mayuram. civil revision petition no. 2235 of 1971 is filed against the order of the learned district judge of east tharrjavur at nagapattinam dismissirg the appeal filed by the first respondent, fifth respondent and the legal representatives of the second respondent in the main insolvency petition. civil revision petition no. 2236 of 1971 is filed against the order of the learned district judge refusing to imp.ead the petitioners herein as parties in the appeal before the district judge. a preliminary objection is taken by the learned counsel for the petitioning creditor that the two civil revision petitions are not maintainable in law as the petitioners have not preferred any appeal to the district.....
Judgment:

P.S. Kailasam, J.

1. These petitions are filed by respondents 3 and 4 in Insolvency Petition No. 2 of 1965 on the file of the Court of the Subordinate Judge, Mayuram. Civil Revision Petition No. 2235 of 1971 is filed against the order of the learned District Judge of East Tharrjavur at Nagapattinam dismissirg the appeal filed by the first respondent, fifth respondent and the legal representatives of the second respondent in the main insolvency petition. Civil Revision Petition No. 2236 of 1971 is filed against the order of the learned District Judge refusing to imp.ead the petitioners herein as parties in the appeal before the District Judge. A preliminary objection is taken by the learned Counsel for the petitioning creditor that the two Civil Revision Petitions are not maintainable in law as the petitioners have not preferred any appeal to the District Court against the order of the trial Court.

2. Section 75 of the Provincial Insolvency Act, 1920 provides that the High Court, for the purpose of satisfying itself that an order made in any appeal decided by the District Court was according to law, may call for the case and pass such order with respect thereto as it thinks fit. The contention of Mr. N.C. Raghavachari, learned Counsel for the petitioning-creditor is that this power of revision conferred on the High Court could be exercised only with regard to persons who have preferred an appeal to the District Court and not to persons who have failed to prefer any appeal to the District Court. A reading of the proviso would make it clear that the High Court will have power to interfere with any order passed in appeal by the District Judge, irrespective of whether one had preferred the appeal to the District Court or not. But this power would be exercised only in accordance with the well accepted principles, as in the case of the power conferred on the appellate Court by Order 4i, Rule 33, Civil Procedure Code. If in a revision petition filed by some of the persons who have preferred an appeal to the District Court a finding is rendered which would make the adjudication of the other respondents who had not preferred an appeal to the District Court incongruous or unsustainable for the reasons given in the revision petition filed by some of the persons who have preferred an appeal to the District Court, this Court will be justified in passing an order in favour of the persons who had not preferred an appeal to the District Court. But this question does not arise, for respendents 1 and 5 and the legal representatives of the second respondent in the main insolvency petition filed an appeal to the District Court, and against the order of the District Court, a revision petition to this Court, contending that respondents i, 2 and 5 were not partners in the partnership firm and as such they were not liable to be adjudicated as insolvents. This contention was upheld by this Court and the order of adjudication was set aside. This finding does not in any way affect the adjudication of the present petitioners, respondents 3 and 4 in the main petition, for, they were adjudicated on their individual acts of insolvency, namely, the alienation of certain of their individual properties. Apart from it, on the merits, the third respondent in the main petition (the first petitioner herein) did not file any counter at all and the second petitioner herein (fourth respondent in the main petition) did not question the correctness of the allegations made by the petitioning-creditor about the fourth respondent alienating certain properties. In these circumstances, this Court will not be justified in going into the correctness or o the: wise of the order of adjudication which was not challenged by them in any appeal before the District Court. These Civil Revision Petitions are dismissed with the costs of the petitioning creditor. One set.


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