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Finding Shebait

Finding Shebait

By Mamidipudi Swaroop

In the wake of the Ayodhya judgment, I learnt a lot of law. The place of birth is a juristic person apparently. Wait till the Income Tax Department, always looking for newer people, juristic or otherwise, hears of this. Two of the cases were dismissed on the grounds of limitation. That’s rich. You’re deciding whether some character called Babur built a mosque in 1528, and whether he destroyed a temple to do so, and you dismiss suits because they’re filed beyond limitation.

Merits aside, the judgment threw up some interesting concepts – the “next friend” and the “shebait”. Both terms sound shady.


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