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Masjid Farkunda Mosque vs Hamed Basha & Ors on 2 December 1996

Supreme Court of India
Masjid Farkunda Mosque vs Hamed Basha & Ors on 2 December, 1996
Equivalent citations: AIR 1997 SUPREME COURT 2166, 1997 AIR SCW 2021, 1997 SCFBRC 398, 1997 (1) SCC 552, (1997) 1 CURCC 51, (1997) 1 RENTLR 411, (1997) 1 ICC 798, (1997) 2 RENCR 449, (1997) 1 SUPREME 143, (1996) 4 ICC 465, (1996) 1 CALLT 330, (1997) 2 CIVLJ 385
Bench: K. Ramaswamy, G.T. Nanavati



DATE OF JUDGMENT: 02/12/1996




O R D E R Leave granted.

Though respondents have been served, they are not appearing either in person or through counsel. We have taken the assistance of Shri A.T.M. Sampath, learned counsel appearing for the appellant, and have gone through the judgment and records placed before the Court.

This appeal by special leave arises from the judgment of the Madras High Court, made on April 12, 1996 in Second Appeal No. 372/83. The appellant had filed a suit for ejectment of Nos.1 to 3 from the suit property and for recovery of possession thereof on the pleading that the house bearing Door No.12-A and 12-B (Old No.12-A) in Mosque Street, Royapuram, Madras-13 was his property; the super- structure thereof was purchased by the appellant by sale deed dated September 13, 1975 from Mohd. Hussain under whom the third respondent came into possession as his sub-lessee. Therefore, the possession may be directed to be given to him. Though the trial court and the appellate Court had held that the appellant is the owner of the property and the 3rd respondent is a sub-lessee of respondent Nos. 1 and 2, the High Court has gone into the documentary evidence. It would appear that this property is situated in a triangular passage leading to Mosque Street, Adem Saheb Street and Thoppa Modali Street in Madras City. It is also an admitted position that the 3rd defendant-3rd respondent had purchased the same land under a registered sale deed in the year 1969 much earlier to the appellant’s purchasing the alleged super-structure on the said property. The High Court also found that the 3rd defendant had purchased the super- structure. It is sought to be contended by the appellant that the lands, the subject matter of the purchase of the super-structure by the appellant and the respondents, are different and distinct and, therefore, the finding recorded by the High Court is not correct in law. We need not go into the question in this behalf for the reason that the appellant has proceeded on the premise that the 3rd respondent is a sub-lessee of respondent-defendant Nos. 1 and 2 alleged to have been let in by Mohd. Hussain. who is said to be the owner of the super-structure from who the appellant had claimed title. In effect the decree sought for is against the real owner of the land, namely, the third defendant. Under these circumstances, the suit as framed by the appellant was not correctly decreeable. The High Court, therefore, was right on this ground in rejecting the claim of the appellant and dismissing the suit.

The appeal is accordingly dismissed. No costs.

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