1. In these appeals the question raised is whether the appellant is entitled to enhancement of rent under Section 304 (b), Bengal Tenancy Act. He applied under Section 105, Bengal Tenancy Act, for settlement of fair and equitable rent and claimed enhancement of the rent of the holdings to which these appeals relate on the ground of rise in the price of staple food crops. The Revenue Officer, as well as the Special Judge on appeal, have dismissed the plaintiff's claim. The Revenue Officer records his reason in these words ' Serials, 2, 14 and 28 consist of bastus, dobas, nalas, patits, &c.;, growing no agricultural crop. So in these cases no enhancement under Section 30 (b) is allowed at all.' The learned Special Judge on appeal observes, it appears, that all the above serials except 48 are homesteads, ditches, and nalas, patit, growing no agricultural crop. I think that the lower Court was right in disallowing enhancement under Section 30 (b). It has been decided in many cases in this Court that the fact that a certain holding consists of homesteads, or patit lands or lands which yield no crop is no ground for disallowing enhancement of the rent of the tenancy. The authority for this view is to be found in the case of Reshee-Case Law v. Chintamoni Dalai A.I.R. 1922 Cal. 510. This case has been followed in several subsequent cases. As the case-law stands at present, it must be taken that the grounds assigned by the Court below for refusing enhancement is not justified in law.
2. The result is that these appeals are allowed, the judgment and decrees of the Court below are set aside and the cases remitted to the Court of first instance for decision on the merits.
3. We are informed that in serial 23 of 1921, respondent No. 6 who is said to be interested in serial No. 28, respondent No. 7 Thakur Das who is interested in serial No. 32, and respondent Nos. 17 and 18 Swarnamayee Bawa and Golak Sen who are interested in serial No. 67, died during the pendency of this appeal and their heirs have not been brought on the record. The appeal, in so far as it relates to those respondents, is therefore dismissed. We make no order as to the costs of these appeals.