Sabhapathi Gurukkal vs Lakshmu Ammal And Ors. on 8 November, 1900

Madras High Court
Sabhapathi Gurukkal vs Lakshmu Ammal And Ors. on 8 November, 1900
Equivalent citations: (1901) ILR 24 Mad 293
Bench: S Ayyar, Davies


1. In the case or Vythelinga Mudelly v. Cundaswamy Mudely 8 M.H.C.R. 21 cited for the appellants, the order by which leave to sue was refused remained in force when a subsequent application was presented praying for the grant of leave to institute a suit substantially the same as that for the institution of which leave had been refused. The order granting leave passed on such an application by a Judge other than the Judge who had refused the leave was held to be irregular, as it amounted to a review by the former Judge of the decision of the latter under circumstances which did not permit of the review. The present case is clearly distinguishable. For, in pursuance of Mr. Justice Boddam’s order granting leave, a suit was brought, though it was subsequently withdrawn with permission to sue again in respect of the same matter. The force of the order granting leave was exhausted by the institution of the suit in pursuance of the order. Consequently when the appellants applied for leave to institute a fresh suit regarding the same subject-matter, there was nothing to prevent Mr. Justice Shephard from dealing with the application and granting or refusing leave as he deemed proper.

2. The order which was passed by the learned Judge in the due exercise of his discretion and which refused leave must be upheld and the appeal dismissed with costs.

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