& ANR. Vs. Asst.Commr.& L. A. O, Bijapur  INSC 1374 (4 August
REPORTABLE IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CIVIL APPELLATE JURISDICTION CIVIL
APPEAL NOS. 5069-5070 OF 2009 Arising out of SLP) Nos.12027-12028 of 2007] Maharunnisa
& Anr. ... .Appellants VERSUS Assistant Commissioner & L.A.O., Bijapur
Heard learned counsel for the parties and examined the impugned
Judgment of the High Court as well as other materials on record.
The only question that needs to be decided is whether the
appellants can be deprived of their rightful claim on technical ground for want
of requisite Court fee without affording them opportunity to pay the deficit
court fee within a reasonable time and deny the benefit of enhanced
In the impugned judgment, the High Court made the following
directions :- "For the reasons stated in the judgment passed in MFA
Nos.3936, 3939 and 3943/2003 by this Court along with cross - objections
disposed of by a common judgment dated 8.9.2006 though this Court has fixed the
market value in the aforesaid cases at Rs.23/- per sq. ft. we fix the market
value of the lands acquired in these cases at Rs.20/- per sq. ft. as the owners
have restricted their claim only to that extent. The owners are entitled for
other statutory benefits and interest payable under the provisions of the L.A.
From the above, it is clear that the amount of compensation was
determined at Rs.23/- per sq. ft. by the High Court in the impugned Judgment
but the appellants were directed to be paid at the rate of Rs.20/- per sq. ft.
as the appellants had restricted their claim at the rate of Rs.20/- per sq. ft.
in respect of the lands acquired by the respondent. In a recent decision of
this Court in C.A.No.4163-4165 of 2009 decided on 8th of July, 2009, we have
set aside the Judgment of the High Court and directed it to consider payment of
compensation at the rate determined by the High Court 3 in that Judgment but
not directed to be paid because of nonpayment of Court Fees by the
In view of the decision referred to hereinabove, we are,
therefore, of the view that the impugned Judgment of the High Court must be set
aside in part. As determined by the High Court in the impugned Judgment, we
also fix the market value of the acquired land of the appellants at Rs. 23/-
per Sq. ft.. However, the rest of the decision of the High Court is affirmed.
It is made clear that the enhanced compensation shall be directed
to be paid to the appellants by the High Court if the appellants deposit the
requisite Court fees on the aforesaid enhanced amount within four months from
the date of supply of a copy of this order to it.
In the event, the requisite Court fee, as directed above, is not
paid within the time specified hereinabove, the appeals shall stand dismissed.
For the reasons aforesaid, the impugned order is set aside to the
extent indicated above and the matter is 4 remitted back to the High Court for
decision after giving hearing to the parties.
The appeals are allowed to the extent indicated above.
will be no order as to costs.
............................J. [Tarun Chatterjee]
; .......................... J.