GOUR LAL MITRA Vs. TRIPURA PROSANNA BASU
HIGH COURT OF CALCUTTA
GOUR LAL MITRA
TRIPURA PROSANNA BASU
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(1.) UNDER the Will of one Gokul Chandra mitra executed sometime in 1807 a deb utter estate was created and properties were dedicated for the seva puja of two hindu Deities, namely Sri Sri Radha and Sri Sri Madan Mohon Jew. The said deb utter estate is presently being managed under a scheme which was approved by a decree dated the 7th August 1940, passed by this Court in Suit No. 1958 of 1939.
(2.) GOUR Lal Mitra and Baranasi Mitra, two she baits of the said Deities, by the present application under section 34 of the Indian Trusts Act, 1882 have mooted the following questions be answered by this Court :-
(a) Are both the Managers, T. P. Basu and P. K. Das or either of them, and if so, which is the Manager to be held responsible for loss of ornaments and jewellery and utensils belonging to the said thakurs ? (b) If the respondent No. 1 Taraprasanna alias T. P. Basu be found guilty as aforesaid, what steps can be taken for the recovery of the missing ornaments ? (c) Is the petitioner Gour Lal Mitra entitled as she bait to be reimbursed out of the said funds of the Estate to the extent of the disbursements made by him out of his own pocket for daily sheba and periodical festivals? (d) Is the Trust provided in the Trust deed and the Scheme sanctioned by this court a private religious trust and, if so, can it be treated as or be lawfully converted into a public religious, and charitable trust or a mixed public and private Trust ? (e) Are a majority of the Trustees entitled to commit acts which are likely to change the basic character and nature of the said Trust ? (f) Are a majority of she baits by adopting resolution at meetings entitled to permit the Manager to install a pawn box and is such installation permitted by the terms, letter and spirit of the said deed of Settlement or Trust or of the said Scheme as amended and sanctioned by this Court ? (g) Are a majority of she baits by adopting resolutions at their meeting entitled to set up or cause to set up a Homeopathic Charitable Dispensary at the cost and expense of the said Trust ? (h) Are the she baits of the said Thakur or any number of them entitled to open the locker maintained at the Bank of the Thakur's Estate pending the appointment of a new Manager ? (i) Are a majority of she baits by adopting a resolution entitled to empower the present. Manager to provide needy but meritorious students with food and lodging in the Temple premises at the cost and expenses of the Trust when such expenses are not permitted by the Scheme ? (j) Are a majority of she baits entitled without prior sanction or permission of this without to allow or cause the Manager to file an application before the Income Tax Authorities for a declaration that the estate of the Deity is a public religious and charitable trust ? (k) Are the aforesaid acts of (i) convening the said private religious trust into a public religious and charitable trust, (ii) installing a pawn box, (iii)setting up or causing to set up a Homeopathic Dispensary, (iv) providing needy but meritorious students with food and lodging in the temple, and (v) filing an application before the Income Tax Authorities for a declaration that the said estate is a public religious and charitable trust, permissible under or contrary to the terms, letter and spirit of the Scheme and the Deed of Settlement or trust ? (1) Is the manager entitled, in support of a resolution passed by the majority of the Trustees, to dispose of or to expend trust money or income for the aforesaid purported charitable activities, curtail or fail to pay out of the trust income just and reasonable amount of money to the petitioner No. 1 as the paladar for the time being when demanded by me for the daily and periodical worship of the said Thakur ? (m) During the pendency of this application are the trustees or she baits entitled to open the said bank locker without the prior appointment of a new manager of the estate, and should the said application to the Income Tax Authorities be proceeded within behalf of the trust and should the said trustees or she baits appoint Kunja Mohan Sinha as the new manager without calling for applications for the office by advertisement in newspapers and without furnishing due and sufficient security for the purpose ?
(3.) THE petitioners also pray for the following orders :-
(b) The parties except the said Tripura Prosanna alias T. P. Basu be directed not to open or be restrained by an injunction from opening the said locker maintained in the State Bank of India, bagh Bazar Branch on behalf of the said trust estate; (c) The parties except the said Tripura Prosanna alias T. P. Basu be directed not to proceed or be restrained by an injunction from proceeding with the application made to the Income Tax authorities; (d) The parties except the said Tripura Prosanna alias T. P. Basu be directed to advertise in newspapers for and thereafter to select a suitable person for the office of the new Manager of the said trust estate upon requiring him to furnish due and sufficient security for that purpose; (e) In the alternative, the parties herein except the said Tripura Prosanna alias T. P. Basu be directed not to appoint or be restrained by an injunction from appointing Kunja Mohan Sinha as the new Manager of the said trust estate without furnishing due and sufficient security for the purpose; (f) The parties except the said Triprura Prosanna alias T. P. Basu be directed not to permit or maintain or be restrained from permitting or maintaining the said homeopathic or any other charitable Dispensary at the temple premises at the cost of the said trust estate; (g) The parties except the said Tripura Prosanna alias T. P. Basu be directed not to permit or maintain or be restrained from permitting or maintaining students at the said temple premises ;; (h) Jogendra Lall Mitra, the respondent No. 19, be directed to furnish proper and faithful accounts of all rents, profits income and funds of the said trust estate dealt with by him or remaining in his custody since the 25th October 1982;;
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