Decided on December 05,1952

Mundlamudi Penchalamma Appellant
Kopparthi Subbaramiah And Ors. Respondents


Mack, J. - (1.) THE petitioner is defendant I who bought some lands from the plaintiff in 1947 for a sum of Rs. 2,000. The plaintiff's case was that Rs. 100 still remained unpaid by defendant 1 and he sued to recover the balance alleged to be due. This was not a straight forward claim for the money due. There was an agreement that defendant 1 should discharge alt the plaintiff's debts which, included a decree in a Munsif's Court suit. Though defendant 1 paid up the debts of the plaintiff this decree was not satisfied but was transferred in the name of defendant 2. The learned Small Cause Judge rejected the plea taken that he had no jurisdiction to try this suit, went into the merits and gave the plaintiff a decree against defendant 1 only. The decision in - 'Veerasalingam v. Sathapally Sathirasu',, 19 Mad LJ 220 (A) was placed before him but he did not think that in point. That was a suit for recovery of a sum of money due to the plaintiff under a contract for the transfer of some pattas for Rs. 60. The plaintiff sued to recover Rs. 60. It was held that the suit was for specific performance of contract between the plaintiff and the defendant and, therefore, the Small Cause Court had no jurisdiction to entertain it. The present suit is not on all fours in the sense that it is not so clearly a suit for specific performance of a contract.
(2.) THE learned advocate for the petitioner, respondents being unrepresented and making no appearance, invoked the support of the decision in - 'Subramanian Chettiar v. Arunachalam Chettiar : AIR 1943 Mad 761 (B), a Full Bench decision of our High Court which held that a suit by the vendor for the recovery of the purchase consideration is a suit for specific performance within the meaning of Chap. 2, Specific Relief Act. Though that was not a suit which decided any question of jurisdiction of the Small Cause Court to entertain such a suit, it is clearly authority for the position that generally speaking a suit by a vendor to recover the purchase money or any balance alleged to be due on a sate of Immovable property falls within the category of a suit for specific performance. The nature of the present suit is also such that it is not even one to recover a specific unpaid amount but raises generally the question of how a specific contract of sale has been performed. I am clearly of opinion that this suit is one which is not of a small cause nature and that the decree passed was accordingly without jurisdiction. It is set aside. The plaint will be returned for presentation to the proper Court for disposal. Costs of this petition will abide the result and be provided for by the trial Court.;

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