BRIJ KISHOR S GHOSH Vs. JAYANTILAL MANEKLAL BHATT
HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT
Brij Kishor S Ghosh
JAYANTILAL MANEKLAL BHATT
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(1.)One may legitimately ask why too many judgments insisting liberal approach while interpreting sufficient cause occuring in Sec. 5 of the Limitation Act 1963 ? The answer is simple and yet disappointing. It is very hard to change the dogmatic approach having its roots in old traditions and irrationality. The case on hand provides an illustration as to how much difficult (almost impossible) it is to change such mental attitude and instil new thinking?
(2.)Respondents-plaintiffs filed regular Civil Suit No 176 of 1979 in the Court of Civil Judge (SD) Narol for recovery of possession of the suit premises on the ground of non-payment of arrears of rent and for reasonable and bona fide requirements. The petitioner defendant appeared in the suit. One Mr. Makwana learned advocate engaged by the defendant filed joint vakalatnama of himself and that of another advocate Mr. Rathod. After the appearance was filed the matter was being adjourned from time to time. On 11/09/1978 the learned advocates of the defendant were absent. Thereafter on 16/10/1978 in absence of the defendant the arguments of the plaintiffs were heard and the judgment was delivered on 8/11/1978 by which the trial Court granted decree for eviction as prayed for by the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs filed execution application and obtained warrant for possession. According to the defendant only on 19/03/1979 when the Bailiff came for taking possession of the suit premises the defendant came to know about the decree having been passed against him. Therefore on 26/03/1979 an application to set aside the decree was filed. Since there was delay of three months and ten days in filing the application he prayed for condonation of delay by filing separate application. The plaintiff resisted the application. The trial Court rejected the application on the ground that no sufficient cause for condonation of delay was made out.
(3.)The defendant preferred miscellaneous Appeal No. 62 of 1980 in the Court of District Judge Ahmedabad (Rural) at Narol. The learned District Judge held as per judgment dated 15/07/1980 that the appeal was not maintainable and therefore dismissed the same. However he held that on merits following the judgment of this High Court he would have condoned the delay. Both the plaintiffs as well as the defendant felt aggrieved by the aforesaid decision and preferred two different revision applications being Civil Revision Application No 1225 of 1980 (filed by the petitioner-defendant) and Civil revision application No. 753 of 1981 (filed by the plaintiffs). Having regard to the provisions of Sec. 29(3) of the Bombay Rents Hotel and Lodging House Rates Control Act 1947 hereinafter referred to as the Act) and for the reasons mentioned in the order this Court came to the conclusion that the revision application under Sec. 29(3) of the Act was competent before the District Court and remanded the matter to the District Court for deciding the same in accordance with Law.
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