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IV. General Provisions:
(i) Indemnity and contribution: To enable the State to claim indemnity or contribution, a provision on the lines of section 4 of the Crown Proceedings Act may be adopted.
(ii) Contributory negligence: In England, the Law Reform (Contributory Negligence) Act, 1945 was enacted amending the law relating to contributory negligence and in view of the provisions of the Crown Proceedings Act the said Act also binds the Crown. In India, the trend of judicial opinion is in favour of holding that the rule in Merryweather v. Nixan, (1799) 8 TR 186. does not apply and that there is no legal impediment to one tortfeasor recovering compensation from another. But the law should not be left in an uncertain state and there should be legislation on the lines of the English Act.
(iii) Appropriate provision should be made while revising the Civil Procedure Code to make it obligatory to impaled as party to a suit in which a claim for damages against the State is made, the employee, agent or independent contractor for whose act the State is sought to be made liable. Any claim based on indemnity or contribution by the State may also be settled in such proceeding as all the parties will be before the court.