Wednesday 14 December 2022

What is basic concept of ouster of a co-owner?

 'Ouster' does not mean actual driving out of the co-sharer from the property. It will, however, not be complete unless it is coupled with all other ingredients required to constitute adverse possession. Broadly speaking, three elements are necessary for establishing the plea of ouster in the case of co-owner. They are (i) declaration of hostile animus, (ii) long and uninterrupted possession of the person pleading ouster, and (iii) exercise of right of exclusive ownership openly and to the knowledge of other co-owner. Thus, a co-owner, can under law, claim title by adverse possession against another co-owner who can, of course, file appropriate suit including suit for joint possession within time prescribed by law. {Para 28}


Civil Appeal Nos. 1858-1859 of 2016 

Decided On: 26.02.2016

 Nagabhushanammal  Vs. C. Chandikeswaralingam

Hon'ble Judges/Coram:

Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Fali Nariman, JJ.

Author: Kurian Joseph, J.

Citation: MANU/SC/0231/2016.

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