PARI KANTILAL LALBHAI Vs. DEVCHAND NATHALAL PATEL
HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT
Pari Kantilal Lalbhai
Devchand Nathalal Patel
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(1.) THIS second appeal is by the original plaintiff. His suit to recover Rs. 2,000/- with interest from the defendant, which he stated he had given in cash to the defendant on 2-11-1965 was dismissed
by both the Courts below. The finding of both the Courts is that Ex. 36 on which the plaintiff sues
and on which he relies is admitted by the defendant. The defendant in his written statement and
evidence has admitted the contents of Ex. 36. He admits having signed Ex. 36. He also states in his
deposition, Ex. 78, that he took Rs. 2,000/- in cash on 2nd November 1955 from Sharafi account of
the plaintiff. The case of the plaintiff in the plaint was that he gave Rs. 2,000/- to the defendant on
(2.) ND November, 1955. All these allegations in the plaint are, therefore admitted both in his evidence and in the written statement by the defendant. On this fact alone, the plaintiff's suit should have
been decreed in full. But the learned Judge proceeded to consider what he called the theory of the
transaction. In such a case, we are not concerned with theories. It may be said that the plaintiff's
theory was that certain accounts were settled between the parties before the transaction in issue. It
may be that the theory of the defendant as to what happened prior to the time of the transaction is
different. We are not concerned with either of these theories. It may be that the plaintiff's theory as
to what happened prior to the transaction in issue is false. But as I stated above, we are not
concerned with the theories as to what happened prior to the transaction, but we are only
concerned with what happened at the time of the alleged transaction.
2. The contention that admissions made by the respondent in his pleadings and in his evidence at the hearing are a result of an error cannot be entertained, because when a party to a civil suit
makes an admission in the pleadings or in his evidence at the hearing of the suit, those admissions
are conclusive. Such admissions have to be distinguished from the admissions made prior to the suit
and which are given as evidence at the hearing of the suit. Admissions made in the pleadings and in
the evidence of the party at the hearing of the suit are conclusive and cannot be challenged.
The contention that the writing, Ex. 36, was not to be acted upon cannot be entertained, because there was no issue on the point and no evidence on the point either. The document was acted upon
and Rs. 2, 000/- were admittedly paid in cash. There is, therefore, no substance in the contention
9/5/13 Pari Kantilal Lalbhai vs Devchand Nathalal Patel on 2 February, 1966 either.
(3.) THE transaction alleged is admitted by the defendant in full. Therefore, there must be a decree in full in favour of the plaintiff. The Courts below erred in considering what may be called irrelevant
matters and not decreeing the plaintiff's suit upon the admission made by the defendant in his
written statement as well as in evidence. The appeal is, therefore, allowed and the plaintiff's suit is
decreed fully with costs throughout.
Leave to appeal under Clause 15 of the Letters Patent is granted.;
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