RSA 15/2017. Gauhati High Court

Case Number:RSA 15/2017
Judgement Date:February 06, 2017
Court:Gauhati High Court
SUMMARY

Second Appeals arising out of suits for title and/or injunction

 
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IN THE G AUHATI HIG H C O URT

(THE HIG H C O URT O F ASSAM, NAG ALAND, MIZO RAM AND ARUNAC HAL PRADESH) PRINC IPAL SEAT AT G UWAHATI

(C IVIL APPELLATE JURISDIC TIO N)

RSA No .15 o f 2017

Unio n o f Ind ia … … … Ap p e lla nt/ De fe nd a nt

- Ve rsus-

Sri G irish Da s Biswa s a nd a no the r

… … … Re sp o nd e nts/ Pla intiffs

BEFO RE

HO N’BLE MR. JUSTIC E SUMAN SHYAM

Fo r the a p p e lla nt : Dr. B. N. G o g o i, Ad vo c a te .

Fo r the re sp o nd e nts : Mr. S. K. G ho sh, Ad vo c a te .

Da te o f he a ring : 06.02.2017. Da te o f Jud g me nt : 06.02.2017.

JUDG MENT AND O RDER (O ra l)

1. He a rd Mr. B. N. G o g o i, le a rne d c o unse l a p p e a ring fo r the a p p e lla nt. Also ha rd Mr. S. K. G ho sh, le a rne d c o unse l a p p e a ring o n b e ha lf o f the re sp o nd e nt No .1.

2. This Se c o nd Ap p e a l is d ire c te d a g a inst the jud g me nt a nd o rd e r d a te d 05.01.2016 p a sse d b y the le a rne d C ivil Jud g e , Dhub ri in Title Ap p e a l No .29/ 2015 re fusing to c o nd o ne the d e la y o f 15 ye a rs in p re fe rring the a p p e a l a g a inst the jud g me nt a nd d e c re e d a te d

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07.12.1999 p a sse d b y le a rne d C ivil Jud g e (Junio r Divisio n) No .1, Dhub ri Title Suit No .320/ 1998 , the re b y d ismissing the a p p e a l.

3. It a p p e a rs fro m the re c o rd tha t the re sp o nd e nt No .1, a s p la intiff, ha d e a rlie r institute d Title Suit No .320/ 1998 b e fo re the C o urt o f C ivil Jud g e , Junio r Divisio n No .1, Dhub ri a g a inst the p re se nt a p p e lla nt a nd the a fo re sa id suit wa s d e c re e d b y the tria l C o urt o n 07.12.1999. The a p p e lla nt ra ilwa ys ha d a ssa ile d the jud g me nt a nd d e c re e d a te d

07.12.1999 b y filing the a fo re me ntio ne d a p p e a l o nly in the ye a r 2015

i.e . a fte r a d e la y o f mo re tha n fifte e n ye a rs. The le a rne d Lo we r Ap p e lla te C o urt wa s o f the vie w tha t the a p p e lla nt ha d the kno wle d g e a b o ut the jud g me nt a nd d e c re e wa y b a c k in the ye a r 2001 a nd sinc e the re wa s no p ro p e r e xp la na tio n fo r the d e la y, the p ra ye r fo r c o nd o na tio n o f d e la y wa s re je c te d .

4. Re c o rd re ve a ls tha t the le a rne d p e na l la wye r fo r the a p p e lla nt ha d initia lly e nte re d a p p e a ra nc e in the a fo re sa id Title Suit b ut sub se q ue ntly fa ile d to ta ke ste p s in the ma tte r. Re je c ting the c o nte ntio n o f the a p p e lla nt tha t the a fo re sa id c o unse l wa s e ng a g e d b y the Ra ilwa y a utho ritie s in c o nne c tio n with so me o the r c a se a nd he nc e , he wa s no t a utho rize d to re p re se nt the Ra ilwa ys in Title Suit No .320/ 1998, the first a p p e lla te c o urt ha d d ismisse d the a p p e a l b y ma king the fo llo wing o b se rva tio ns :-“ Eve n o the rwise , if it is he ld tha t the e ng a g e d c o unse l wa s no t a p p o inte d to re p re se nt the Ra ilwa ys in the Title Suit No .320/1998 the n a lso it is se e n tha t the

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ra ilwa y a utho ritie s ha d the kno wle d g e a b o ut the imp ug ne d jud g me nt a nd d e c re e in the ye a r 2001 itse lf whic h is e vid e nt fro m the a d missio n ma d e b y the a p p e lla nt he re in...

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