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Patna High Court
East Indian Railway Company, Ltd. vs Kedarnath Seth on 29 June, 1926
Equivalent citations: 100 Ind Cas 889
Author: Adami
Bench: Adami, K Sahay


JUDGMENT

Adami, J.

1. [His Lordship stated the facts and proceeded:]

2. The goods were consigned under contract with the Great Indian Peninsula Railway Company. There is no finding or allegation that the bale was in fact lost in course of transit on the Bast Indian Railway or that the non-delivery was by the East Indian Railway Company. The contract being with the Great Peninsula Railway Company and the complaint being that the goods had not been delivered, the East Indian Railway Company alone could not be made liable or perhaps be made liable at all. Section 80 of the Indian Railways Act makes this quite clear. The suit as framed by the plaintiffs should have been brought against the Great Indian Peninsula Railway Company and it was as against the Great Indian Peninsula Railway Company that the appeal should have been filed. It is unnecessary to enter into the question as to the liability of the Railway Companies for the loss or non-delivery or even the question of wilful neglect in this case. The decree of the lower Appellate Court against the present respondents, the East Indian Railway Company, must plainly be set aside, because the East Indian Railway Company could not be made liable alone for the non-delivery of the good Section

3. This appeal is allowed, the decree of the lower Appellate Court set aside, and the suit dismissed with costs throughout.

Kulwant Sahay, J.

4. I agree.


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