Yella Krishnamma vs Kottipalli Mali on 2 January, 1908

Last Updated on

Madras High Court
Yella Krishnamma vs Kottipalli Mali on 2 January, 1908
Equivalent citations: (1920) ILR 63 Mad 712
Author: C Trotter
Bench: Ayling, C Trotter


Coutts Trotter, J.

1. The short point in this Second Appeal is whether a plaintiff who has not paid the purchase money of a property which has been conveyed to him can maintain a suit for possession without paying for it, or submitting to a decree for payment, or a condition attached to the decree as to the purchase money which he had agreed to pay. No doubt it seems very reasonable that a man who comes to enforce his right against the property should be expected to do what is just and pay the price. But we think that there is no doubt whatever that the law in this country, following the English law, is otherwise. Two benches of this Court, in, Subrahmania Ayyar v. Poovan (1904) I.L.R., 27 Mad., 29 and in Rama Aiyar v. Vanamamalai Aiyar (1915) 27 I.C., 396, have held that in such cases as the present the vendee can be compelled to pay the purchase money in extinction of the lien of the vendor before he gets a decree for possession, That must proceed on two assumptions. The first is, that the vendor is entitled to a possessory lien in respect of his unpaid vendor’s lien, and the other is that you can give relief against the consequences laid down in the Transfer of Property Act as following from a transfer by sale-deed and conveyance. With regard to the first of these propositions, we think that it is an oversight of the learned Judges to have treated an unpaid vendor’s lien, which only creates a charge on the property sold, as a possessory right exercisable in the face of the claim of the vendee to possession. With regard to the second, the matter was very carefully considered by two learned Judges of this Court, the late Chief Justice and the present Chief Justice, in Velayutha Chetty v. Govindaswamy Naicken (1911) I.L.R., 34 Mad., 343, where they pointed out that the broad proposition involved is this: Can Courts give equitable relief to mitagate or suspend the consequences laid down by a statute; and they came to fine conclusion that the proposition that the plain words of the statute could be whittled away by the application of the so called equitable doctrines, was an absolutely untenable one and they expressed their dissent from the contrary decision in Baijnath Singh v. Paltu (1908) I.L.R., 30 All. 125. The same principle was really involved in the decision of the Full Bench of this Court in Kandasami Pillai v. Ramasami Mannadi (1919) 96 M.L.J., 313. That was a case where it was part of the terms of a lease deed or demise that the lessee should discharge a prior hypothecation on the land. It was found that this was not in the nature of a condition precedent, but was merely a concurrent covenant with the other obligations of the parties to the document, and it was held by the Fall. Bench that the creation of a present demise involved the right to immediate possession by the person to whom the demise was made, unless it could be shown that any of the stipulations imposed upon him for performance were in the nature of conditions precedent.

2. The learned Judge in this case refers to the case of Nilmadhab Parhi v. Haraproshad Parhi (118) 7 C.W.N., 1161, besides the decisions in Madras which we feel constrained to hold are no longer good law in view of the Full Bench ruling and of the ruling in Velayutha Chetty v. Govindaswamy Naicken (1911) I.L.R., 34 Mad., 343. We think that the learned Judge clearly misconstrued the effect of the decision, because the ground upon which the judgment really proceeds is that there was evidence of an intention that a registered document was not to take effect ipso facto at once on execution and was not intended to be performed till something else had been done. Now if there had bean any evidence in this case that it was the intention of the parties that this sale-deed, which is absolutely unqualified on the face of it, should only come into effect when in fact the consideration had been paid, no doubt any Court would have the right to give effect to such a contract and to hold that there was such an intention. The section of the Transfer of Property Act which enumerates the respective duties of vendor and vendee is expressly qualified by the words “in the absence of a contract to the contrary”. The Calcutta case held, on the particular facts, that there was a contract to the contrary and that therefore clearly the consequences of the statute did not necessarily ensue.

3. The appeal must be allowed with costs.

Ayling, J.

4. I agree.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *