Suit can be filed in a court pertaining to properties situated in jurisdiction of other courts: SC

The Supreme Court of India clarified that for a suit filed in a court pertaining to properties situated in jurisdiction of more than two courts, the suit is maintainable only when suit is filed on one cause of action.

The Court said that Section 17 of Civil Procedure Code can be applied in event where there are several properties, one or more of which may be located in different jurisdiction of courts.

“The word “portion of the property” occurring in Section 17 has to be understood in context of more than one property also, meaning thereby one property out of a lot of several properties can be treated as portion of the property as occurring in Section 17. Thus, interpretation of word “portion of the property” cannot only be understood in a limited and restrictive sense of being portion of one property situated in jurisdiction of two courts”, the Court explained.

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