DURGAPRASAD RAMNIWAS PODDAR Vs. MESSRS. AMIN & DESAI
HIGH COURT OF BOMBAY
DURGAPRASAD RAMNIWAS PODDAR
Messrs. Amin And Desai
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Vaidy, J. -
(1.) The petitioner in the above Special Civil Application is the plaintiff in Suit No. 6263 of 1966, pending in the Bombay City Civil Court, Bombay. On February 15, 1969, the defendant took out a Notice of Motion for taking on record his written statement and counterclaim. When this Notice of Motion came up for hearing before a Judge in the said Court on February 26, 1969, the plaintiff's attorney was absent. The defendant was represented by an advocate. The plaintiff applied that he should be heard in person.
(2.) Purporting to act under r. 360 of the Bombay City Civil and Sessions Courts Rules, 1948, the learned Judge of the City Civil Court held that the plaintiff could not be allowed to appear or to argue his case or to say anything as he was represented by an advocate. That rule runs as under :
"An advocate on the record of a suit or matter shall continue to represent his client until an Order of Discharge is obtained and filed in Court or until the final conclusion of such suit or matter. Proceedings in execution shall be deemed to be proceedings in the suit or matter."
(3.) Mr. Dhanuka, learned counsel for the petitioner-plaintiff submitted that the learned Judge misconstrued the rule in holding that even though on a particular date when the matter came up for hearing, in fact a party was not represented by an advocate, the rule prevented the Court from hearing the party.;
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