Decided on August 14,2002

TEMJENWATI Respondents

Referred Judgements :-



- (1.)The appellants herein are the residents of village Dibui in the state of Nagaland. They claimed themselves to be owners of suit land having title which was declared by a Tribal council by a judgment and order dated 16.1.1953. It was alleged that the defendants have encroached upon their land and cultivated the said land despite the objection raised by the appellants. Subsequently, the defendants started erecting huts and under such circumstances the appellants brought a suit for declaration of their rights to the land in dispute and recovery of possession from the defendants, who are the residents of village Waranmung represented by Shri Temjenwati and others. The defendants contested the suit and contended that they have a title to the land and, therefore, they are in lawful possession of the land in question. Initially, the trial court decreed the suit. However, on appeal by the respondents, the decree of the trial court was set aside and the case was remanded to the trial court for deciding the suit afresh. On remand, the trial court dismissed the suit and one of the grounds on which the suit was dismissed was that the suit was barred by limitation. Aggrieved, the plaintiff respondents preferred an appeal before the High Court. The High Court by a reasoned judgment dismissed the appeal. It is against the said judgment of the High Court, the appellants are in appeal before us.
(2.)Learned counsel appearing for the appellants, inter alia, urged that, the indian Limitation Act, 1963 is not applicable to the state of Nagaland and, therefore, the suit could not have been dismissed on the ground of limitation, that the suit filed by the appellants was required to be decided in terms of section 3 of the Naga Hills Jhumland Regulation, 1946 and in that event the suit filed by the appellants herein was well within limitation and that, section 30 of the limitation Act, 1963 was not attracted in the present case. Learned counsel appearing for the respondents contested the submissions advanced on behalf of the appellants.
(3.)Coming to the first question, it was urged that in view of Article 371-A of the constitution of India, the Act of parliament cannot be extended to the state of Nagaland if it related to administration of civil and criminal justice involving Naga customary law unless legislative assembly of Nagaland by resolution resolves to extend the same and since the legislative assembly of nagaland has not passed any resolution for extending the Limitation Act, 1963 to nagaland, the said Act is not applicable to the state of Nagaland.

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