IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
Yogeshwar Dayal, J.
1. This is an appeal against the judgment of the Rajasthan High Court dated 19th July, 1979 passed in D.B. Civil Writ Petition No. 681 of 1978 (Raghubir Singh v. The Board of Revenue for Rajasthan and Ors.) an D.B. Civil Writ Petition No. 769 of 1979 (Surendrapal Singh v. The Board of Revenue for Rajasthan and Ors.). These writ petitions were decided by the aforesaid common judgment. The first writ petition was filed by the father Raghubir Singh whereas the second writ petition was filed by his minor son Surendrapal Singh through his next friend Shri Jagjit Singh, maternal grandfather of the minor. The relief claimed in both the petitions before the High Court was the same, namely - for setting aside of the order dated 6th August, 1977 passed by the Board of Revenue for Rajasthan, Ajmer.
2.The facts of the case briefly are - that proceedings under Chapter III-B of the Rajasthan Tenancy Act (Act No. 3 of 1955)(hereinafter referred to as 'the Act of 1955') were commenced for determining the ceiling area for Raghubir Singh. The Sub-Divisional Officer, Hanumangarh, by his order dated 10th August, 1972, determined the ceiling area, but on appeal by Raghubir Singh, the Revenue Appellate Authority, set aside the order of the Sub-Divisional Officer on March 6, 1973 and remanded the case. The matter was taken to the Board of Revenue for Rajasthan by a revision application and the Board by its order dated 14th April, 1975 directed that the ceiling area for Raghubir Singh may be determined according to the old law i.e. Act of 1955 and not according to the new law i.e. Rajasthan Imposition of Ceiling on Agricultural Holding Act, 1973 (hereinafter referred to as 'the Act of 1973').
3. In pursuance of the directions of the Board, the Sub-Divisional Officer, Hanumangarh, by his order dated 5th May, 1976 held that Surendrapal Singh, (appellant herein) aged 12 years, was a minor
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