Determination of mesne profits in the partition suit

In AIR 1989 NOC 74 (Mad) (Krishnamurthi v. Gopal Gounder), Ratnam, J. considering a case of determination of mesne profits in the partition suit observed thus : —

“In a suit for partition, the mesne profits with reference to the properties forming the subject-matter of the suit, and referable to the properties, eventually allotted to the share of the successful party form part and parcel of the corpus itself and are as much in the hotchpot as the lands themselves and it would be most inequitable and unjust that despite a preliminary decree directing the ascertainment of mesne profits, the successful party should be driven to institute another suit separately for the mesne profits and it is certainly not the policy of the law to encourage multiplicity of proceedings. It is the duty of the Court not only to divide the several items of properties, but also the mesne profits derived therefrom, for the profits derived are also in the nature of property liable to be divided between the sharers. Viewed thus, in instant case, in the final decree that had been passed, there had been an omission to recognise the right of the petitioners herein to mesne profits, in which also they would be entitled to a share, as if that also formed part of the properties available for division. The circumstance that a final decree had been passed without reference to the relief of mesne profits granted under the preliminary decree, would not justify the refusal of the relief of ascertainment of mesne profits according to the terms of the preliminary decree. It is open for Court to ascertain same and pass the final decree.”