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Galstaun Vs. Diana Sarkies - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
CourtKolkata
Decided On
Judge
Reported in117Ind.Cas.854
AppellantGalstaun
RespondentDiana Sarkies
Cases ReferredKanti Chunder Pal Chaudhry v. Kissory Mohun Roy
Excerpt:
letters patent (calcutta high court), clause 12 - 'suit for land', meaning of--suit for directing executor to admit plaintiff as secured creditor--property situate outside calcutta--jurisdiction of original side of high court. - .....if such land shall be situated within the local limits of the ordinary original jurisdiction of the said high court.4. the property in question in this suit is situated outside such local limits. it has been held by the high court of calcutta in the case of kanti chunder pal chaudhry v. kissory mohun roy 19 c. 361, that a suit for declaring any interest in land is a suit for land, and with this decision i agree.5. before i could give the direction asked for, 1 should have to decide that the plaintiff was a mortgagee of the property, which would be a decision declaring an interest in land and i am satisfied that such a decision would be beyond the powers conferred by the letters patent. therefore, i have no jurisdiction to entertain this suit which is accordingly dismissed with costs on.....
Judgment:

Williams, J.

1. This case started as an Originating Summons which was originally heard by my learned brother Mr. Justice Costello, who made an order on the 6th of July, transferring it to the list of suits for hearing, and giving certain orders with regard to discovery, and evidence, and reserving the question of jurisdiction.

2. The direction asked for under Rule 1, Chap. XIII of the Rules of the High Court comes under Sub section (e) of that rule or alternatively under (b), the one directing executors, administrators, etc., to do or abstain from doing a particular act and the other concerning the ascertainment of any class of creditor, and the principal direction asked for by the plaintiff in this case is a direction to the defendants the executrix and executor to admit him the plaintiff as a secured creditor of the estate of C.M. Sarkies deceased.

3. I am of opinion that this procedure if allowed would simply amount to a way of avoiding the limitations imposed by the Letters Patent for the High Court of Calcutta, 1865, which under Clause 12 ordain that the High Court in the exercise of its ordinary original civil jurisdiction shall be empowered to try suits for land, if such land shall be situated within the local limits of the ordinary original jurisdiction of the said High Court.

4. The property in question in this suit is situated outside such local limits. It has been held by the High Court of Calcutta in the case of Kanti Chunder Pal Chaudhry v. Kissory Mohun Roy 19 C. 361, that a suit for declaring any interest in land is a suit for land, and with this decision I agree.

5. Before I could give the direction asked for, 1 should have to decide that the plaintiff was a mortgagee of the property, which would be a decision declaring an interest in land and I am satisfied that such a decision would be beyond the powers conferred by the Letters Patent. Therefore, I have no jurisdiction to entertain this suit which is accordingly dismissed with costs on scale No. 2.


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