Interim order cannot be passed in a Second Appeal by deferring admission without formulating substantial question of law; SC [Read Judgment]

Interim order cannot be passed in a Second Appeal by deferring admission without formulating substantial question of law; SC [Read Judgment]

Supreme Court in Raghavendra Swamy Mutt vs. Uttaradi Mutt has held that, solely because the Court has the jurisdiction to pass an ex parte interim order, it does not empower it not to formulate the substantial question of law for the purpose of admission, defer the date of admission and pass an order of stay or grant an interim relief.

Apex Court Bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh dismissed an appeal against Karnataka High Court order vacating its own interim stay order in a second Appeal.

The Court observed that appeal under Section 100 CPC is required to be admitted only on substantial question/questions of law and it cannot be formal admission like an appeal under Section 96 CPC. The Bench observed that for passing an ex parte order the Court has to keep in mind the postulates provided under sub-rule (3) of Rule 5 of Order XLI and it is obligated to keep in view the language employed under Section 100 CPC.

The Court further said “It is because formulation of substantial question of law enables the High Court to entertain an appeal and thereafter proceed to pass an order and at that juncture, needless to say, the Court has the jurisdiction to pass an interim order subject to the language employed in Order XLI Rule 5(3). It is clear as day that the High Court cannot admit a second appeal without examining whether it raises any substantial question of law for admission and thereafter, it is obliged to formulate the substantial question of law. Solely because the Court has the jurisdiction to pass an ex parte order, it does not empower it not to formulate the substantial question of law for the purpose of admission, defer the date of admission and pass an order of stay or grant an interim relief. That is not the scheme of CPC after its amendment in 1976 and that is not the tenor of precedents of this Court and it has been clearly so stated in Ram Phal vs. Banarasi & Ors. “

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