Madhav Sawant (Dead) Through his LRS. Vs. Dattur Madhav Sawant  Insc 65 (22 January 2008)
Arijit Pasayat & P. Sathasivam
out of SLP (C) No. 18522 of 2004) Dr.ARIJIT PASAYAT, J.
Challenge in this appeal is to the order passed by a learned Single Judge of
the Bombay High Court Aurangabad Bench, dismissing the appeal filed by the
appellant under Section 100 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (in short the
CPC). The appellants, heirs of the original Defendant Nos. 1 to 3
questioned correctness of the decree and judgment passed by learned Additional
District Judge, Osamabad in Regular Civil Appeal No. 89 of 1999 confirming the
decree in Regular Civil Suit No. 62 of 1981 passed by the Civil Judge, Jr.
Division, Kallam. The High Court dismissed the Second Appeal holding that there
was no question of law involved and therefore, the Second appeal was without
Learned counsel for the appellant submitted that while issuing notice in the
Second appeal, the High Court categorically observed as follows:
next ground argued by the learned counsel for the appellant is that the
plaintiff did not pray for an inquiry with the mesne profit to be held under
Order XX Rule 12 in the plaint and in the absence of specific prayer for an
inquiry into the mesne profits the same should not have been granted by the
courts below. The said directions is contained in clause IV in the operative
part of the judgment and decree of the trial court. The learned counsel for the
appellant has placed reliance of the judgment of the Apex Court reported in AIR
1952 Supreme Court 358 Mohammad Amin and Others v. Vakil Ahmed and Others and
to precise para 20 thereof. In this view of the matter issue notice before
admission returnable in six weeks touching only clause IV of the operative part
of the order passed by the trial court directing the inquiry in regard to mesne
profits under Order XX Rule 12. The respondents be intimated that the appeal
will be finally heard and decided at admission stage.
was, therefore, pointed out that the grant of mesne profit without any enquiry
in terms of Order XX Rule 12 CPC was not permissible.
There is no appearance on behalf of respondent.
Mohammad Amin and Ors. v. Vakil Ahmed and Ors. [AIR 1952 SC 358] it was, inter-alia,
observed as follows.
was however pointed out by Shri S.P. Sinha that the High Court erred in
awarding to the plaintiffs mesne profits even though there was no demand for
the same in the plaint.
learned Solicitor General appearing for the plaintiffs conceded that there was
no demand for mesne profits as such but urged that the claim for mesne profits
would be included within the expression awarding possession and occupation
of the property aforesaid together with all the rights appertaining
thereto. We are afraid that the claim for mesne profits cannot be included
within this expression and the High Court was in error in awarding to the plaintiffs
mesne profits though they had not been claimed in the plaint. The provision in
regard to the mesne profits will therefore have to be deleted from the decree.
dismiss the appeal of defendants 1 to 5 and affirm the decree passed by the
High Court in favour of the plaintiffs, deleting therefrom the provision in regard
to mesne profits. The plaintiffs will of course be entitled to their costs
throughout from defendants 1 to 5.
High Court while deciding the Second Appeal, failed to notice that while
issuing notice it was categorically noted that the plaintiff had not prayed for
an inquiry relating to mesne profit in terms of Order XX Rule 12 CPC and in the
absence of any specific prayer for any inquiry into that aspect, the same could
not have been granted.
rightly contended by learned counsel for the appellants that though at the time
of issuance of notice the High Court had noted that this substantial question
of law did arise for consideration, while deciding the second appeal, this
aspect was lost sight of. In the circumstances it would be appropriate to remit
the matter to the High Court to consider that aspect.
appeal is allowed to the aforesaid extent with no order as to costs.