limitation act

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22 May 2009

In probate cases For Wills what does the limitation act say regarding the time period ? Kalyani

adv. rajeev ( rajoo ) (Expert)
22 May 2009

Cause of action arises from the date of it's necessary.

kalyani choudhury (Querist)
23 May 2009

Thanks Rajeev for your mail. Iam based in Delhi.

23 May 2009

Dear Kalyani, U can contact me as M delhi based Lawyer. My contact no. is -9871158578/9711364956

Uma parameswaran (Expert)
23 May 2009

3 years .

24 May 2009



(Arising out of SLP (C) No.16110 of 2007)

Krishna Kumar Sharma ..Appellant


Rajesh Kumar Sharma ..Respondent



1. Leave granted.

2. Challenge in this appeal is to the order passed by the Delhi High

Court which by the impugned order allowed the appeal filed by the

3. Background facts in a nutshell are as follows:

Respondent, the propounder of the registered will dated 13th July,

1989 executed by his mother, has locked horns with his step brother,

Krishan Kumar Sharma, the appellant herein Smt. Sneh Prabha Sharma, the

testatrix, and her husband Ram Mohan Sharma were married twice.

Respondent is the son of testatrix and Ram Mohan Sharma. Appellant is the

son from the first wife of Ram Mohan Sharma. The respondent's case is

this that the will dated 13th July, 1989 was made by the above said testatrix

in sound disposing mind on 13th July, 1989 and it was got registered on 11th

September, 1989. Smt. Sneh Prabha Sharma died on 9th July, 1990. Except

the appellant, none of the other siblings of the appellant contested the

petition moved by the appellant under Section 276 of the Indian Succession

Act, 1925 (in short the `Act').

The basic question before the High Court was whether Article 137 of

the Indian Limitation Act, 1963 (in short the `Limitation Act') applies to the

facts of the present case. The High Court relied upon the judgments of

Delhi High Court in S.S. Lal v. Vishnu Mitter Govil [112 (2004) Delhi Law

Times 877 (DB)] and in Kanwal Malhotra v. State [125 (2005) Delhi Law

Times 281] to hold that Limitation Act has no application to proceedings

seeking for probate.

4. Learned counsel for the appellant submitted that the interpretation

placed by the High Court is not correct. The primary question that needs

reconsideration is whether Article 137 of the Limitation Act is applicable.

It appears that certain other aspects were considered by the High Court to

which reference shall be made subsequently.

5. In The Kerala State Electricity Board, Trivandrum v. T.P.

Kunhaliumma [1976 (4) SCC 634] it was inter alia observed as follows:

"18. The alteration of the division as well as the
change in the collocation of words in Article 137 of the
Limitation Act, 1963 compared with Article 181 of the
1908 Limitation Act shows that applications
contemplated under Article 137 are not applications
confined to the Code of Civil Procedure. In the 1908
Limitation Act there was no division between
applications in specified cases and other applications as
in the 1963 Limitation Act. The words "any other
application" under Article 137 cannot be said on the
principle of ejusdem generis to be applications under the
Civil Procedure Code other than those mentioned in Part
I of the third division. Any other application under
Article 137 would be petition or any application under
any Act. But it has to be an application to a court for the
reason that Sections 4 and 5 of the 1963 Limitation Act
speak of expiry of prescribed period when court is closed
and extension of prescribed period if applicant or the
appellant satisfies the court that he had sufficient cause


kalyani choudhury (Querist)
25 May 2009

Dear Sanjay,
Thank you very much for the references and the reply. Iam sure it will be very helpful. I am going through it now. Thanks once again.

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