Decided on April 11,1973

TARAMONI DEI Respondents


- (1.) THIS is an application for grant of leave to appeal to the Supreme Court from the final order passed in O. J. C. No. 608 of 1971 = (Reported in (1973) 1 Cut WR 121) under Article 133 (1) (a), (b) and (c) of the Constitution of India. Mr. R. Mohanty, the learned counsel for the applicant stated that he would not press this application under Clauses (a) and (b), conceding that the valuation test involved in those two clauses was not satisfied in the present case. He has confined this application to Clause (c ).
(2.) THE petitioner had filed O. J. C. No. 608/71 for a writ of certiorari to quash the judgments of the House Rent Controller and of the A. D. M. (J), Cuttack, who heard the appeal from the decision of the House Rent Controller and confirmed it, whereby an order of eviction had been passed against him. The landlord's case was that he had let out his house to the petitioner under a tenancy agreement dated 6-8-65 on certain conditions, and the petitioner, in violation of those conditions, had sub-let the house without his written consent and had wilfully defaulted to pay house rent. The petitioner's defence. Inter alia, was that the tenancy was for a period of 10 years commencing from 6-8-65 and terminating on 6-8-75 and that he, being a periodical tenant, was governed by Section 11 of the orissa House Rent Control Act and, accordingly, was not liable to be evicted under the provisions of Subsection (2) (i) of Section 7 of that Act. It was held by this court that the petitioner was a tenant as defined under Section 2 (5) of the Orissa house Rent Control Act notwithstanding that he was a periodical tenant and he having sub-let a part of the house without written consent of the landlord, namely, the opposite party and having wilfully defaulted in payment of rent was liable for eviction under Section 7 of that Act.
(3.) THE sole problem at this stage is whether the question that a periodical tenant governed by Section 11 of the Orissa House Rent Control Act enjoys an immunity from eviction under Section 7 (1) thereof is of such general public or private importance as to justify a certificate of fitness under Clause (c ).;

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