P. RAJAGOPALA CHETTY Vs. A. KESAVA PILLAI AND ORS.
HIGH COURT OF MADRAS
P. Rajagopala Chetty
A. Kesava Pillai And Ors.
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Alfred Henry Lionel Leach, C.J. -
(1.) THE only question in this appeal is whether Section 100 of the Transfer of Property Act overrides Section 52. The City Civil Court which tried the suit held that it did not and this opinion was shared by Somayya, J., on appeal. This appeal has been filed under Section 15 of the Letters Patent against the judgment of the learned Judge.
(2.) WE can see no room to doubt the correctness of the judgments below. Section 52 of the Transfer of Property Act which embodies the doctrine of lis pendens is couched in very wide terms. Section 100 was amended by the Transfer of Property (Amendment) Act, 1929, when the following words were added to the second paragraph:
and, save as otherwise expressly provided by any law for the time being in force, no charge shall be enforced against any property in the hands of a person to whom such property has been transferred for consideration and without notice of the charge.
The argument is that as the mortgagee in, this case took the mortgage without knowledge of the pendency of a suit filed on the original side of this Court in which a charge was given to the plaintiff his rights are not affected by the charge. That suit was G.S. No. 75 of 1936 and was filed by a widow of a deceased coparcener for maintenance and for marriage expenses. 'The plaintiff asked for a charge on the property mortgaged and on other properties. A decree was passed on the 28th April, 1939 giving her a charge on all the properties mentioned in the plaint in respect of the amount payable to her for maintenance. It was during the pendency of that suit that the two surviving coparceners executed a mortgage in favour of the appellant.
(3.) THE words " save as otherwise expressly provided by any law for the time being, in force " which form part of the amendment to Section 100 clearly put the appellant out of Court. Section 52, which is a law for the time being in force, expressly provides that property cannot be transferred or otherwise dealt with by' a party to a suit or proceeding so as to affect the rights of another party thereto " under any decree or order which may be passed therein except under the authority of the Court and on such terms as it may impose." Moreover the Legislature could never have intended by the amendment to Section 100 to qualify the doctrine of lis pendens. Section 100 cannot be read without regard to what is said in Section 52.;
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