Order 7 rule 11 of cpc


Hello Members, 

As per order 7 rule 11 of CPC


11. Rejection of plaint

The plaint shall be rejected in the following cases:—


(a) where it does not disclose a cause of action;


I want to know if this clause is applicable in divorce case where wife has not mentioned anywhere the cause of action and only vague allegaton without any date specific incident is submitted




Please do not try to mis-interpret law. You are talking of something which needs to filed on very first day of your appearance as respondent, i.e. "objection".

It seems your wife maight not hired any advocate and hence filed suit for divorce in ordinary language. Her false allegation will work as cause of action and suit will proceed go on and the same will not be dismissed at this point of time.

Although you can try to raise your objection as you thinks so, but ultimately will lead to waste some dates only.

I will suggest you to hire good advocate and let him do the best action as per his desire.


Goutam Prasad



Mob: 9810753838







Thanks Goutam for response.

I am not sure if the court expects from someone to have knowledge of all sections of CPC when he appears for the first time in divorce matter. I have heard that the application under order 7 rule 11 can file at any stage of the case. My case is in mediation stage and till now no WS or say is filed by me. I want to know if i file this application is it going to be heard first before any intermin application and filing of WS or say.



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I completely differ to opinion of @ Goutam.

1. the power to attract the provisions of O 7 / R 11 CPC is not conferred on the party, but it is conferred on the Court and it is the Court alone which can exercise the powers to reject the plaint under O 7 / R 11 CPC.

2. it is the bounden duty of every Court to obtain the report of the Munsarim or Reader of the Court as the case may be and thereafter if the contents of the plaint constitute a cause of action; it is sufficiently stamped and it is not barred by law the Court shall order to register the plaint and if it does not disclose any cause of action or it is insufficiently stamped or it is barred by law then without there being any prayer of the defendant the Court is duty bound to reject the plaint suo-moto.

1. Saleem Bhai and Others Versus State of
Maharashtra and ors.
[2003 (1) SCC 557]
2. General Rule (Civil) of your HC should also be referred by you for better understanding of your own question !

@ Author

Your second brief here is slightly distinguishable as you laced your brief out of vacuum without disclosing in first instance that mediation is going on between parties followed by admitting that not even w/s has been filed, hence in such facts of the matter;

A. the trial Court ought to first ask you to file O 7 / R 11 CPC.
B. thereafter should issue the directions to file the w / s of defence.
C. post mediation (failure if any) firstly you have to build up a tangible case as to how the wife's suit matter was barred by law? Secondly, you have to make it clear that how did the cause of action not arise in the suit matter? (addendum in reverse to para A above)

Hope above helps ?

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agree with tejobsindia


agree with the duo above


Does the court ask applicant's say if application is filed by respondent under Order 7 Rule 11 of CPC ?




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