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Jogendra Nath Maiti and ors. Vs. Bhagabat Das and ors. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
CourtKolkata
Decided On
Reported inAIR1926Cal378
AppellantJogendra Nath Maiti and ors.
RespondentBhagabat Das and ors.
Cases ReferredBidyadhar v. Manindra
Excerpt:
- .....opposite parties, instituted a suit for recovery of possession of land valued at rs. 2,800 and mesne profits tentatively valued at rs. 1,200, the total value being rs. 4000. a decree was passed for possession with a direction for determination of mesne profits at a further stage of the suit. 'the mesne profits were subsequently ascertained and the trial court gave a decree for rs. 5,116-8-0 with interest thereon. the defendants appealed to the district judge while the plaintiffs appealed to this court valuing their appeal at rs. 5,500. the plaintiffs then applied to the district judge for dismissal of the petitioners' appeal on the ground that the appeal lay to the high court and not to the district judge. while the application of the plaintiffs was pending before the district judge,.....
Judgment:

1. The plaintiffs, opposite parties, instituted a suit for recovery of possession of land valued at Rs. 2,800 and mesne profits tentatively valued at Rs. 1,200, the total value being Rs. 4000. A decree was passed for possession with a direction for determination of mesne profits at a further stage of the suit. 'The mesne profits were subsequently ascertained and the trial Court gave a decree for Rs. 5,116-8-0 with interest thereon. The defendants appealed to the District Judge while the plaintiffs appealed to this Court valuing their appeal at Rs. 5,500. The plaintiffs then applied to the District Judge for dismissal of the petitioners' appeal on the ground that the appeal lay to the High Court and not to the District Judge. While the application of the plaintiffs was pending before the District Judge, the petitioners submitted an application on the 20th July last to us to decide the question of the forum of appeal, and if it was held that the appeal lies to this Court then to treat the application as one under Section 5 of the Limitation Act. The application was ordered by this Court to be kept pending until the decision of the question by the District Judge.

2. The District Judge on the 29th July last held relying upon the Full Bench decision in the case of Ijjatulla v. Chandra Mohan [1907] 34 Cal. 954, that the appeal lies to this Court as the land had been valued at Rs. 2,800 and the mesne profits which had been tentatively valued in the plaint at Rs. 1,200, had been found to be Rs. 2,300, the total being Rs. 5,100.

3. Our attention has been drawn to the, case of Bidyadhar Bachar Nath Das v. Manindra : AIR1925Cal1076 . That case, however, related to mesne profits pendente lite. In the present case mesne profits were claimed prior to the suit and it is thus governed by Full Bench decision in Ijjatullah's case [1907] 34 Cal. 954. It is to be noted that Ijjatulla's case [1907] 34 Cal. 954, was not referred to in the judgment in the later Full Bench decision: Bidyadhar v. Manindra : AIR1925Cal1076 .

4. We accordingly hold that the appeal lies to this Court. We think, however, that there was sufficient cause for not presenting the appeal in this Court in time, and we accordingly direct that the appeal be admitted though out of time. The petitioners however must pay costs to the opposite party one gold mohur.


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