Appeal No. 5 of 2005. Case: Murlidhar and Ors. Vs Central Bank of India and Anr.. Nagpur Debt Recovery Tribunals

Case NumberAppeal No. 5 of 2005
CounselFor Appellant: V.G. Bhangde, Adv. and For Respondents: S.N. Fuladi, Adv. for Respondents No. 1
JudgesK.J. Paratwar, Presiding Officer
IssueRecovery of Debts Due To Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993 - Section 31A; Indian Partnership Act
CitationIV (2005) BC 63
Judgement DateAugust 05, 2005
CourtNagpur Debt Recovery Tribunals


K.J. Paratwar, Presiding Officer

  1. Being aggrieved by the order passed by learned Recovery Officer (Mr. K.G. Madankar) of this Tribunal on 28th April, 2005 in I.A. No. 42/2004 in R.P. No. 23/2003, the Certificator Debtor Nos. 3A to 3D in R.P. No. 23/2003 have filed this appeal.

  2. In order to understand the controversy, it is necessary to set out these facts: The respondent-No. 1 Bank had filed Spl. Civil Suit No. 48/90 in the Court of Civil Judge, Sr.Dn., Nagpur. The suit was decreed by judgment dated 20.7.1994 inter alia providing that the LRs of defendant No. 3 (who died on 1.8.1991 i.e. during pendency of the suit) would be liable to the extent of estate, if any, in their hands from the deceased. The Bank had filed Darkhast pursuant to the aforesaid decree. Since the decretal amount was a crore and above, the Bank filed application under Section 31-A or RDB Act in this Tribunal being M.A. No. 473/2003 for issuance of Recovery Certificate. The application was allowed by my learned predecessor by order dated 21.1.2003. The Recovery Certificate issued pursuant thereto also provided that the present appellants (being LRs of deceased Mr. Murlidhar) were liable to the extent of assets in their hands from the deceased. Pursuant thereto R.P. No. 23/2003 was registered in which the learned Recovery Officer issued warrant of attachment on 2nd December, 2003. On the Certificator Debtor's request, my learned predecessor had rectified the Recovery Certificate pursuant to which fresh warrant of attachment dated 25th April, 2004 was levied inter alia in respect of House No. 630, Ghat Road, Kanoria Bhawan, Nagpur which is subject matter of this appeal.

  3. On 18.7.2004 the appellants herein lodged objection before the Recovery Officer (which was registered as I.S. 42/2004) and prayed for lifting the attachment on the ground that appellant No. 1-A is exclusive owner of the property in her own rights. In other words, the ground of objection was that the property did not come to her from deceased Mr. Murlidhar. The foundation of the objection has been that the property was purchased by M/s. Kanoria Bros., a firm registered under Indian Partnership Act from Janata Construction Co. Pvt. Ltd. vide registered Sale Deed dated 22.11.1966. The appellant No. 1-A was partner in the firm (having 10% share), her husband i.e. deceased Mr. Murlidhar also having 10% share while remaining 8 partners having 10% share each. The firm came to be dissolved by dissolution deed dated 1.7.1984. Under that deed, the appellant No. 1-A...

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