THE GUARDIANS AND WARDS ACT,1890

[Act No. 8 of Year 1890, dated 21st. March, 1890]

 CHAPTER I: PRELIMINARY

1. Title, extent and commencement
(1) This Act may be called the Guardians and Wards Act, 1890.
(2) It extends to whole of India l[except the State of Jammu and Kashmir].2[***]
(3) It shall come into force on the first day of July, 1890.

2. [Repealed by the Repealing Act, 1938, s. 2 and Sch.]

3. Saving of jurisdiction of Courts of Wards and Chartered High Courts
This Act shall be read subject to every enactment heretofore or hereafter passed relating to any Court of Wards by 3[any competent Legislature, authority or person in 4[any State to which this Act extends]]; and nothing in this Act shall be construed to effect or in any way derogate from , the jurisdiction or authority of any Court of Wards , or to take away any power possessed by 5[any High Court 6[* * *]].

4. Definitions
In this Act, unless there is something repugnant in the subject or context,-
(1) "minor" means a person who , under the provisions of the Indian Majority Act, 1875 (9 of 1875), is to be deemed not to have attained his majority;
(2) "guardian" means a person having the care of the person of a minor or of his property or of both his person and property;
(3) "ward" means a minor for whose person or property or both there is a guardian;
(4) "District Court" has the meaning assigned to that expression in the Code of Civil Procedure, 1882 (14 of 1882)7, and includes a High Court in the exercise of its ordinary original civil jurisdiction;
8[(5) "the court" means-
(a) the District Court having jurisdiction to entertain an application under this Act for an order appointing or declaring a person to be a guardian; or
(b) where a guardian has been appointed or declared in pursuance of any such application-
(i) the court which, or the court of the officer who, appointed or declared the guardian or is under this Act deemed to have appointed or declared the guardian; or
(ii) in any matter relating to the person of the ward the District Court having jurisdiction in the place where the ward for the time being ordinarily resides; or.
(c) in respect of any proceeding transferred under section 4A, the court of the officer to whom such proceeding has been transferred;]
(6) "Collector" means the chief officer in charge of the revenue administration of a district and includes any officer whom the State Government, by notification in the Official Gazette may, by name or in virtue of his office, appoint to be a Collector in any local area or with respect to any class of persons, for all or any of the purposes of this Act;
9[(7) [* * *]; and
8. "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made by the High Court under this Act. 
4A. Power to confer jurisdiction on subordinate judicial officers and to transfer proceedings to such officers

(1) The High Court may, by general or special order, empower any officer exercising original civil jurisdiction subordinate to a district court, or authorise the Judge of any District Court to empower any such officer subordinate to him, to dispose of any proceedings under this Act transferred to such officer under the provisions of this section.

(2) The Judge of a District Court may, by order in writing, transfer at any stage any proceeding under this Act pending in his court for disposal to any officer subordinate to him empowered under sub-section (1).

(3) The Judge of a District Court may at any stage transfer to his own court or to any officer subordinate to him empowered under sub-section (1) any proceeding under this Act pending in the court of any other such officer.

(4) When any proceedings are transferred under this section in any case in which a guardian has been appointed or declared, the judge of the District Court may , by order in writing, declare that the Court of the Judge or officer to whom they are transferred shall, for all or any of the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be the court which appointed or declared the guardian.

 

CHAPTER II: APPOINTMENT AND DECLARATION OF GUARDIANS

5. Power of parents to appoint in case of European British subjects
[Rep. by the Part B States (Laws) Act, 1951 (3 of 1951), s. 3 and Schedule].

6. Saving of power to appoint in other cases
In the case of a minor, 10[***] nothing in this Act shall be construed to take away or derogate from any power to appoint a guardian of his person or property or both, which is valid by the law to which the minor is subject.

7. Power of the court to make order as to guardianship
(1) Where the court is satisfied that it is for the welfare of a minor that an order should be made-
(a) appointing a guardian of his person or property, or both, or
(b) declaring a person to be such a guardian,
the court may make an order accordingly.
(2) An order under this section shall imply the removal of any guardian who has not been appointed by will or other instrument or appointed or declared by the court.
(3) Where a guardian has been appointed by will or other instrument or appointed or declared by the court, an order under this section appointing or declaring another person to be guardian in his stead shall not be made until the powers of the guardian appointed or declared as aforesaid have ceased under the provisions of this Act.

8. Persons entitled to apply for order
An order shall not be made under the last foregoing section except on the application of -
(a) the person desirous of being, or claiming to be, the guardian of the minor; or
(b) any relative or friend of the minor; or
(c) the Collector of the district or other local area within which the minor ordinarily resides or in which he has property; or
(d) the Collector having authority with respect to the class to which the minor belongs.

9. Court having jurisdiction to entertain application
(1) If the application is with respect to the guardianship of the person of the minor, it shall be made to the District Court having jurisdiction in the place where the minor ordinarily resides.
(2) If the application is with respect to the guardianship of the property of the minor, it may be made either to the District Court having jurisdiction in the place where the minor ordinarily resides, or to a District Court having jurisdiction in a place where he has property.
(3) If an application with respect to the guardianship of the property of a minor is made to a District Court other than that having jurisdiction in the place where the minor ordinarily resides, the court may return the application if in its opinion the application would be disposed of more justly or conveniently by any other District Court having jurisdiction.

10. Form of application
(1) If the application is not made by the Collector, it shall be by petition signed and verified in manner prescribed by the Code of Civil Procedure, 1882 (14 of 1882)7, for the signing and verification of a plaint, and stating, so far as can be ascertained,-
(a) the name, sex, religion, date of birth and ordinary residence of the minor;
(b) where the minor is a female, whether she is married, and if so, the name and age of her husband;
(c) the nature, situation and approximate value of the property, if any, of the minor;
(d) the name and residence of the person having the custody or possession of the person or property of the minor;
(e) what near relations the minor has, and where they reside;
(f) whether a guardian of the person or property or both, of the minor has been appointed by any person entitled or claiming to be entitled by the law to which the minor is subject to make such an appointment;
(g) whether an application has at any time been made to the court or to any other court with respect to the guardianship of the person or property or both, of the minor, and if so, when, to what court and with what result;
(h) whether the application is for the appointment or declaration of a guardian of the person of the minor, or of his property, or of both;
(i) where the application is to appoint a guardian, the qualifications of the proposed guardian;
(j) where the application is to declare a person to be a guardian, the grounds on which that person claims;
(k) the causes which have led to the making of the application; and
(l) such other particulars, if any, as may be prescribed or as the nature of the application renders it necessary to state.
(2) If the application is made by the Collector, it shall be by letter addressed to the court and forwarded by post or in such other manner as may be found convenient, and shall state as far as possible the particulars mentioned in sub-section (1).
(3) The application must be accompanied by a declaration of the willingness of the proposed guardian to act, and the declaration must be signed by him and attested by at least two witnesses.

11. Procedure on admission of application
(1) If the Court is satisfied that there is ground for proceeding on the application, it shall fix a day for the hearing thereof, and cause notice of the application and of the date fixed for the hearing-
(a) to be served in the manner directed in the Code of Civil Procedure,1882(14 of 1882)11 on-
(i) the parents of the minor if they are residing in 11[any State to which this Act extends;]
(ii) the person, if any, named in the petition or letter as having the custody or possession of the person or property of the minor;
(iii) the person proposed in the application or letter to be appointed or declared guardian, unless that person is himself the applicant; and
(iv) any other person to whom, in the opinion of the court special notice of the applicant should be given; and
(b) to be posted on some conspicuous part of the court-house and of the residence of the minor, and otherwise published in such manner as the court, subject to any rules made by the High Court under this Act, thinks fit.
(2) The State Government may, by general or special order, require that when any part of the property described in a petition under section 10, sub-section (1), is land of which a Court of Wards could assume the superintendence, the court shall also cause a notice as aforesaid to be served on the Collector in whose district the minor ordinarily resides and on every Collector in whose district any portion of the land is situate, and the Collector may cause the notice to be published in any manner he deems fit.
(3) No charge shall be made by the court or the Collector for the service or publication of any notice served or published under sub-section (2).

12. Power to make interlocutory order for production of minor and interim protection of person and property
(1) The court may direct that the person, if any, having the custody of the minor, shall produce him or cause him to be produced at such place and time and before such person as it appoints, and may make such order for the temporary custody and protection of the person or property of the minor as it thinks proper.
(2) If the minor is a female who ought not to be compelled to appear in public, the direction under sub-section (1) for her production shall require her to be produced in accordance with the customs and manners of the country.
(3) Nothing in this sections shall authorise-
(a) the court to place a female minor in the temporary custody of a person claiming to be her guardian on the ground of his being her husband, unless she is already in his custody with the consent of her parents, if any, or
(b) any person to whom the temporary custody and protection of the property of a minor is entrusted to dispossess otherwise than by due course of law any person in possession of any of the property.

13. Hearing of evidence before making of order
On the day fixed for the hearing of the application or as soon afterwards as may be, the court shall hear such evidence as may be adduced in support of or in opposition to, the application.

14. Simultaneous proceedings in different courts
(1) If proceedings for the appointment or declaration of a guardian of a minor are taken in more courts than one, each of those courts shall, on being apprised of the proceedings in the other court or courts, stay the proceedings before itself.
(2) If the courts are both or all subordinate to the same High Court, they shall report the case to the High Court, and the High Court shall determine in which of the Courts the proceedings with respect to the appointment or declaration of a guardian of the minor shall be had.
12[(3) In any other case in which proceedings are stayed under sub-section (l),the court shall report the case to, and be guided by such orders as they may receive from their respective State Governments.]

15. Appointment or declaration of several guardians
(1) If the law to which the minor is subject admits of his having two or more joint guardians of his person or property or both, the court may, if it thinks fit, appoint or declare them.
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(4) Separate guardians may be appointed or declared of the person and of the property of a minor.
(5) If a minor has several properties, the court may, if it thinks fit, appoint or declare a separate guardian for any one or more of the properties.

16. Appointment or declaration of guardian for property beyond jurisdiction of the court.
If the court appoints or declares a guardian for any property situate beyond the local limits of its jurisdiction, the Court having jurisdiction in the place where the property is situate shall, on production of a certified copy of the order appointing or declaring the guardian accept him as duly appointed or declared and give effect to the order.

17. Matters to be considered by the court in appointing guardian
(1) In appointing or declaring the guardian of a minor, the court shall, subject to the provisions of this section, be guided by what, consistently with the law to which the minor is subject, appears in the circumstances to be for the welfare of the minor.
(2) In considering what will be for the welfare of the minor, the court shall have regard to the age, sex and religion of the minor, the character and capacity of the proposed guardian and his nearness of kin to the minor, the wishes, if any, of a deceased parent, and any existing or previous relations of the proposed guardian with the minor or his property.
(3) If minor is old enough to form an intelligent preference , the court may consider that preference.
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(5) The court shall not appoint or declare any person to be a guardian against his will.
Comment: We are, however, satisfied having regard to the circumstances of the case and the past history that the custody of the child should be immediately given to the mother as the child is less than 5 years old. The mother will, therefore, have the custody of the child. It will, however, be open to the father, that is, respondent No. 1 to apply for the custody of the child in appropriate guardianship proceedings. The respondent No. 1, however, will be entitled to visit the residence of the petitioner @page-SC1157 and be with the child during week ends (on Saturdays and Sundays)., Smt. Manju Tiwari v. Dr. Rajendra Tiwari, AIR 1990 

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18. Appointment or declaration of Collector in virtue of office
Where a Collector is appointed or declared by the court in virtue of his office to be guardian of the person or property or both, of a manor, the order appointing or declaring him shall be deemed to authorise and require the person for the time being holding the office to act as guardian of the minor with respect to his person or property or both, as the case may be.

19. Guardian not to be appointed by the court in certain cases
Nothing in this Chapter shall authorise the court to appoint or declare a guardian of the property of a minor whose property is under the superintendence of a Court of Wards or to appoint or declare a guardian of the person-
(a) of a minor who is married female and whose husband is not, in the opinion of court, unfit to be guardian of her person; or
(b) 15[* * *] of a minor whose father is living and is not in the opinion of the court, unfit to be guardian of the person of the minor; or
(c) of a minor whose property is under the superintendence of a Court of Wards competent to appoint a guardian of the person of the minor.

 

CHAPTER III: DUTIES, RIGHTS AND LIABILITIES OF GUARDIANS GENERAL

20. Fiduciary relation of guardian to ward
(1) A guardian stands in a fiduciary relation to his ward, and, save as provided by the will or other instrument, if any, by which he was appointed, or by this Act, he must not make any profit out of his office.
(2) The fiduciary relation of a guardian to his ward extends to and affects purchases by the guardian of the property of the ward, and by the ward of the property of the guardian, immediately or soon after the ward has ceased to be a minor and generally all transactions between them while the influence of the guardian still lasts or is recent.

21. Capacity of minors to act as guardians
A minor is incompetent to act as guardian of any minor except his own wife or child or where he is the managing member of an undivided Hindu family, the wife or child of another minor member of that family.

22. Remuneration of guardian
(1) A guardian appointed or declared by the court shall be entitled to such allowances, if any, as the court thinks fit for his care and pains in the execution of his duties.
(2) When an officer of the government , as such officer , is so appointed or declared to be guardian, such fees shall be paid to the government out of the property of the ward as the State Government, by general or special order, directs.

23. Control of Collector as guardian
A Collector appointed or declared by the court to be guardian of the person or property or both, of a minor shall, in all matters connected with the guardianship of his ward, be subject to the control of the State Government or of such authority as that Government, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoints in this behalf.

GUARDIAN OF THE PERSON

24. Duties of guardian of the person
A guardian of the person of a ward is charged with the custody of the ward and must look to his support, health and education, and such other matters as the law to which the ward is subject requires.

25. Title of guardian to custody of ward
(1) If a ward leaves or is removed from the custody of a guardian of his person, the court, if it is of opinion that it will be for the welfare of the ward to return to the custody of the guardian, may make an order for his return and for the purpose of enforcing the order may cause the ward to be arrested and to be delivered into the custody of the guardian.
(2) For the purpose of arresting the ward, the court may exercise the power conferred on a Magistrate of the first class by section 100 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1882 (10 of 1882)16.
(3) The residence of a ward against the will of his guardian with a person who is not his guardian does not of itself terminate the guardianship.

26. Removal of ward from jurisdiction
(1) A guardian of the person appointed or declared by the court , unless he is the Collector or is a guardian appointed by will or other instrument, shall not, without the leave of the court by which he was appointed or declared, remove the ward from the limits of its jurisdiction except for such purposes as may be prescribed. 
(2) The leave granted by the court under sub-section (l) may be special or general and may be defined by the order granting it.

GUARDIAN OF PROPERTY

27. Duties of guardian of property
A guardian of the property of a ward is bound to deal therewith as carefully as a man of ordinary prudence would deal with it, if it were his own and subject to the provisions of this Chapter, he may do all acts which are reasonable and proper for the realisation, protection or benefit of the property.

28. Powers of testamentary guardian
Where a guardian has been appointed by will or other instrument, his power to mortgage or charge, or transfer by sale, gift , exchange or otherwise , immovable property belonging to his ward is subject to any restriction which may be imposed by the instrument, unless he has under this Act been declared guardian and the court which made the declaration permits him by an order in writing, notwithstanding the restriction, to dispose of any immovable property specified in the order in a manner permitted by the order.

29. Limitation of powers of guardian of property appointed or declared by the court
Where a person other than a Collector, or than a guardian appointed by will or other instrument, has been appointed or declared by the court to be guardian of the property of a ward, he shall not without the previous permission of the court, -
(a) mortgage or charge, or transfer by sale, gift, exchange or otherwise, any part of the immovable property of his ward, or
(b) lease any part of that property for a term exceeding five years or for any term extending more than one year beyond the date on which the ward will cease to be a minor.

30. Voidability of transfers made in contravention of section 28 or section 29 
A disposal of immovable property by a guardian in contravention of either of the two last foregoing sections is voidable at the instance of any other person affected thereby. 

31. Practice with respect to permitting transfers under section 29
(1) Permission to the guardian to do any of the acts mentioned in section 29 shall not be granted by the court except in case of necessity or for an evident advantage to the ward.
(2) The order granting the permission shall recite the necessity or advantage, as the case may be, describe the property with respect to which that act permitted is to be done, and specify such conditions, if any, as the court may see fit to attach to the permission; and it shall be recorded, dated and signed by the Judge of the court with his own hand, or, when from any cause he is prevented from recording the order with his own hand, shall be taken down in writing from his dictation and be dated and signed by him.
(3) The court may in its discretion attach to the permission the following among other conditions, namely,-
(a) that a sale shall not be completed without the sanction of the court;
(b) that a sale shall be made to the highest bidder by public auction before the court or some person specially appointed by the court for that purpose, at a time and place to be specified by the court, after such proclamation of the intended sale as the court subject to any rules made under this Act by the High Court, directs;
(c) that a lease shall not be made in consideration of a premium or shall be made for such term of years and subject to such rents and covenants as the court directs;
(d) that the whole or any part of the proceeds of that act permitted shall be paid into the court by the guardian, to be disbursed therefrom or to be invested by the court on prescribed securities or to be otherwise disposed of as the court directs.
(4) Before granting permission to a guardian to do an act mentioned in section 29, the court may cause notice of the application for the permission to be given to any relative or friend of the ward who should, in its opinion, receive notice thereof, and shall hear and record the statement of any person who appears in opposition to the application.

32. Variation of powers of guardian of property appointed or declared by the court
Where a guardian of the property of a ward has been appointed or declared by the court and such guardian is not the Collector, the court may, from, time to time, by order, define, restrict or extend his powers with respect to the property of the ward in such manner and to such extent as it may consider to be for the advantage of the ward and consistent with the law to which the ward is subject.

33. Right of guardian so appointed or declared to apply to the court for opinion in management of property of ward.
(1) A guardian appointed or declared by the court may apply by petition to the court which appointed or declared him for its opinion, advice or direction on any present question respecting the management or administration of the property of his ward.
(2) If the court considers the question to be proper for summary disposal, it shall cause a copy of the petition to be served on, and the hearing thereof may be attended by, such of the persons, interested in the application as the court thinks fit.
(3) The guardian stating in good faith the facts in the petition and acting upon the opinion, advice or direction given by the court shall be deemed, so far as regards his own responsibility, to have performed his duty as guardian in the subject- matter of the application.

34. Obligations on guardian of property appointed or declared by the court
Where a guardian of the property of a ward has been appointed or declared by the Court and such guardian is not the Collector, he shall-
(a) if so required by the court, give a bond, as nearly as may be in the prescribed form, to the Judge of the court to ensure for the benefit of the Judge for the time being, with or without sureties, as may be prescribed engaging duly to account for what he may receive in respect of the property of the ward;
(b) if so required by the court , deliver to the court, within six months from the date of his appointment or declaration by the court, or within such other time as the court directs, a statement of the immovable property belonging to the ward, of the money and other movable property which he has received on behalf of the ward up to the date of delivering the statement, and of the debts due on that date to or from the ward;
(c) if so required by the court, exhibit his accounts in the court at such times and in such form as the court from time to time directs;
(d) if so required by the court, pay into the court at such time as the court directs the balance due from him on those accounts, or so much thereof as the court directs; and
(e) apply for the maintenance, education and advancement of the ward and of such persons as are dependent on him, and for the celebration of ceremonies to which the ward or any of those persons may be a party, such portion of the income, of the property of the ward as the court from time to time directs, and, if the court so directs, the whole or any part of that property.
17[34A. Power to award remuneration for auditing accounts
When accounts are exhibited by a guardian of the property of a ward in pursuance of a requisition made under clause (c) of section 

34 or otherwise, the court may appoint a person to audit the accounts, and may direct that remuneration for the work be paid out of the income of the property.]

35. Suit against guardian where administration - bond was taken
Where a guardian appointed or declared by the court has given a bond duly to account for what he may receive in respect of the property of his ward, the court may on application made by petition and on being satisfied that the engagement of the bond has not been kept, and upon such terms as to security, or providing that any money received be paid into the court, or otherwise as the court thinks fit, assign the bond to some proper person, who shall thereupon be entitled to sue on the bond in his own name as if the bond had been originally given to him instead of to the Judge of the Court, and shall be entitled to recover thereon, as trustee for the ward, in respect of any breach thereof.

36. Suit against guardian where administration-bond was not taken
(1) Where a guardian appointed or declared by the court has not given a bond as aforesaid, any person , with the leave of the court, may, as next friend, at anytime during the continuance of the minority of the ward, and upon such terms as aforesaid, institute a suit against the guardian, or, in case of his death, against his representative, for an account of what the guardian has received in respect of the property of the ward, and may recover in the suit, as trustee for the ward, such amount as may be found to be payable by the guardian or his representative, as the case may be.
(2) The provisions of sub-section (1) shall, so far as they relate to a suit against a guardian, be subject to the provisions of section 440 of the Code of Civil Procedure as amended by this Act, 1882 (14 of 1882)18.

37. General liability of guardian as trustee
Nothing in either of the two last foregoing sections shall be construed to deprive a ward or his representative of any remedy against his guardian, or the representative of the guardian, which, not being expressly provided in either of those sections, any other beneficiary or his representative would have against his trustee or the representative of the trustee.

TERMINATION OF GUARDIANSHIP

38. Right of survivorship among joint guardians
On the death of one of two or more joint guardians, the guardianship continues to the survivor or survivors until a further appointment is made by the court.

39. Removal of guardian
The court may, on the application of any person interested, or of its own motion, remove a guardian appointed or declared by the court, or a guardian appointed by will or other instrument, for any of the following causes, namely,-
(a) for abuse of his trust.
(b) for continued failure to perform the duties of his trust;
(c) for incapacity to perform the duties of his trust;
(d) for ill-treatment, or neglect to take proper care, of his ward;
(e) for contumacious disregard of any provision of this Act or of any order of the court;
(f) for conviction of an offence implying, in the opinion of the court, a defect of character which unfits him to be guardian of his ward;
(g) for having an interest adverse to the faithful performance of his duties;
(h) for ceasing to reside within the local limits of the jurisdiction of the court;
(i) in the case of a guardian of the property, of bankruptcy or insolvency;
(j) by reason of the guardianship of the guardian ceasing, or being liable to cease, under the law to which the minor is subject:

PROVIDED that a guardian appointed by will or other instrument, whether he has been declared under this Act or not, shall not be removed-
(a) for the cause mentioned in clause (g) unless the adverse interest accrued after the death of the person who appointed him, or it is shown that the person made and maintained the appointment in ignorance of the existence of the adverse interest, or
(b) for the cause mentioned in clause (h) unless such guardian has taken up such a residence as, in the opinion of the court, renders it impracticable for him to discharge the functions of guardian.

40. Discharge of guardian
(1) If a guardian appointed or declared by the court desires to resign his office, he may apply to the court to be discharged.
(2) If the court finds that there is sufficient reason for the application, it shall discharge him, and if the guardian making the application is the Collector and the State Government approves of his applying to be discharged, the court shall in any case discharge him.

41. Cessation of authority of guardian
(1) The powers of a guardian of the person cease-
(a) by his death, removal or discharge;
(b) by the Court of Wards assuming superintendence of the person of the ward;
(c) by the ward ceasing to be a minor;
(d) in the case of a female ward, by her marriage to a husband who is not unfit to be guardian of her person or, if the guardian was appointed or declared by the court, by her marriage to a husband who is not, in the opinion of the court, so unfit; or
(e) in the case of a ward whose father was unfit to be guardian of the person of the ward, by the father ceasing to be so or, if the father was deemed by the court to be so unfit, by his ceasing to be so in the opinion of the court.
(2) The powers of a guardian of the property cease-
(a) by his death, removal or discharge;
(b) by the Court of Wards assuming superintendence of the property of the ward; or
(c) by the ward ceasing to be a minor.
(3) When for any cause the powers of a guardian cease , the court may require him or, if he is dead, his representative to deliver as it directs any property in his possession or control belonging to the ward or any accounts in his possession or control relating to any past or present property of the ward.
(4) When he has delivered the property or accounts as required by the court , the court may declare him to be discharged from his liabilities save as regards any fraud which may subsequently be discovered.

42. Appointment of successor to guardian dead, discharged or removed
When a guardian appointed or declared by the court is discharged, or, under the law to which the ward is subject, ceases to be entitled to act, or when any such guardian or a guardian appointed by will or other instrument is removed or dies, the court, of its own motion or on application under Chapter II, may, if the ward is still a minor, appoint or declare another guardian of his person or property, or both, as the case may be.

 

 

CHAPTER IV: SUPPLEMENTAL PROVISIONS

43. Orders for regulating conduct or proceedings of guardian, and enforcement of those orders
(1) The court may, on the application of any person interested or of its own motion, make an order regulating the conduct or proceedings of any guardian appointed or declared by the court.-
(2) Where there are more guardians than one of a ward and they are unable to agree upon a question affecting his welfare, any of them may apply to the court for its direction, and the court may make such order respecting the matter in difference as it thinks fit.
(3) Except where it appears that the object of making an order under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) would be defeated by the delay, the court shall, before making the order, direct notice of the application therefor or of the intention of the court to make it, as the case may be, to be given in a case under sub-section (1), to the guardian or, in a case under sub-section (2), to the guardian who has not made the application.
(4) In case of disobedience to an order made under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2), the order maybe enforced in the same manner as an injunction granted under section 492 or section 493 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1882 (14 of 1882)19, in a case under sub-section (1), as if the ward were the plaintiff and the guardian were the defendant or, in a case under sub-section (2), as if , the guardian who made the application were the plaintiff and the other guardian were the defendant.
(5) Except in a case under sub-section (2), nothing in this section shall apply to a Collector who is, as such, a guardian.

44. Penalty for removal of ward from jurisdiction
If, for the purpose or with the effect of preventing the court from exercising its authority with respect to a ward, a guardian appointed or declared by the court removes the ward from the limits of the jurisdiction of the court in contravention of the provisions of section 26, he shall be liable, by order of the court, to fine not exceeding one thousand rupees, or to imprisonment in the civil jail for a term which may extend to six months.

45. Penalty for contumacy
(1) In the following cases, namely,-
(a) If a person having the custody of a minor fails to produce him or cause him to be produced in compliance with a direction under section 12, sub-section (1), or to do his utmost to compel the minor to return to the custody of his guardian in obedience to an order under section 25, sub-section (1); or
(b) if a guardian appointed or declared by the court fails to deliver to the court, within the time allowed by or under clause (b) of section 34, a statement required under that clause, or to exhibit accounts in compliance with a requisition under clause (c) of that section, or to pay into the court the balance due from him on those accounts in compliance with a requisition under clause (d) of that section;
(c) if a person who has ceased to be a guardian , or the representative of such a person, fails to deliver any property or accounts in compliance with the requisition under section 41, sub-section (3),
the person, guardian or representative, as the case may be, shall be liable, by order of the court, to fine not exceeding one hundred rupees, and in case of recusancy to further fine not exceeding ten rupees for each day after the first during which the default continues, and not exceeding five hundred rupees in the aggregate, and to detention in the civil jail until he undertakes to produce the minor or cause him to be produced, or to compel his return, or to deliver the statement, or to exhibit the accounts or to pay the balance, or to deliver the property or accounts, as the case may be.
(2) If a person who has been released from detention on giving an undertaking under sub-section (1) fails to carry out the undertaking within the time allowed by the Court, the court may cause him to be arrested and recommitted to the civil jail.

46. Reports by Collectors and subordinate Courts
(1) The court may call upon the Collector, or upon any court subordinate to the court, for a report on any matter arising in any proceeding under this Act, and treat the report as evidence.
(2) For the purpose of preparing the report the Collector or the Judge of the subordinate court, as the case may be, shall make such inquiry as he deems necessary, and may for the purposes of the inquiry exercise any power of compelling the attendance of a witness to give evidence or produce a document which is conferred on a court by the Code of Civil Procedure, 1882 (14 of 1882)7.

47. Orders appealable
An appeal shall lie to the High Court from an order made by a 20[* * *] court-
(a) under section 7, appointing or declaring or refusing to appoint or declare a guardian; or
(b) under section 9, sub-section (3), returning an application; or
(c) under section 25, making or refusing to make an order for the return of a ward to the custody of his guardian; or
(d) under section 26, refusing leave for the removal of a ward from the limits of the jurisdiction of the court, or imposing conditions with respect thereto; or
(e) under section 28 or section 29, refusing permission to a guardian to do an act referred to in the section; or 
(f) under section 32, defining, restricting or extending the powers of a guardian; or
(g) under section 39, removing a guardian; or
(h) under section 40, refusing to discharge a guardian; or
(i) under section 43, regulating the conduct or proceedings of a guardian or settling a matter in difference between joint guardians or enforcing the order ; or
(j) under section 44 or section 45, imposing a penalty.

48. Finality of other orders
Save as provided by the last foregoing section and by section 622 of the Code of Civil Procedure 1882 (14 of 1882)21, an order made under this Act shall be final, and shall not be liable to be contested by suit or otherwise. 

49. Costs
The costs of any proceeding under this Act, including the costs of maintaining a guardian or other person in the civil jail, shall, subject to any rules made by the High Court under this Act, be in the discretion of the court in which the proceeding is, had.

50.Power of High Court to make rules
(1) In addition to any other power to make rules conferred expressly or impliedly by this Act, the High Court may from time to time make rules consistent with this Act-
(a) as to the matters respecting which, and the time at which, reports should be called for from Collectors and subordinate courts;
(b) as to the allowances to be granted to, and the security to be required from, guardians, and the cases in which such allowances should be granted;
(c) as to the procedure to be followed with respect to applications of guardians for permission to do acts referred to in sections 28 and 29;
(d) as to the circumstances in which such requisitions as are mentioned in clauses (a), (b), (c) and (d) of section 34 should be made;
(e) as to the preservation of statements and accounts delivered and exhibited by guardians;
(f) as to the inspection of those statements and accounts by persons interested;
17[(ff) as to the audit of accounts under section 34A, the class of persons who should be appointed to audit accounts, and the scales of remuneration to be granted to them;]
(g) as to the custody of money, and securities for money, belonging to wards;
(h) as to the securities on which money belonging to wards may be invested;
(i) as to the education of wards for whom guardians, not being Collectors, have been appointed or declared by the court; and
(j) generally, for the guidance of the courts in carrying out the purposes of this Act.
(2) Rules under clauses (a) and (i) of sub-section (1) shall not have effect until they have been approved by the 22[State Government], nor shall any rule under this section have effect until it has been published in the Official Gazette.

51. Applicability of Act to guardians already appointed by Court.
A guardian appointed by, or holding a certificate of administration from a civil court under any enactment repealed by this Act shall, save as may be prescribed, be subject to the provisions of this Act, and of the rules, made under it, as if he had been appointed or declared by the court under Chapter II.

52. Amendment of Indian Majority Act 
[Repealed by the Repealing Act, 1938 (1 of 1938), s. 2 and Sch. ].

53. Amendment of Chapter XXXI of the Code of Civil Procedure
[Repealed by the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908), s. 156 and Sch. V ]

 

THE SCHEDULE
Enactments repealed -[Rep. by the Repealing Act, 1938 (1 of 1938), s. 2 and Sch.]

Foot Notes

1. Substituted for words "except Part B States" by Act No. 3 of 1951, and Schedule.

2. The word "and" omitted by Act No. 40 of 1949 and Schedule II.

3. Substituted for words "the Governor-General in Council or by a Governor or Lieutenant-Governor in Council" by AO, 1937.

4. Substituted for words "Part A States and Part C States", by Act No. 3 of 1951, section 3 and Schedule.

5. Substituted by the AO, 1937, for words "any High Court established under the Statute 24 and 25 Victoria, Chapter 104 (an Act for establishing High Courts of judicature in India)".

6. The words "established in Part A States and Part C States", omitted by Act No. 3 of 1951, section 3 and Schedule.

7. Refer to the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908).

8. Substituted by Act No. 4 of 1926, for the original clause (5).

9. Clause (7) omitted by Act No. 3 of 1951 and Schedule.

10. The words "who is not a European British subject", omitted by Act No. 3 of 1951, section 3 and Sch.

11. Substituted for the words and figures "a Part A State or a Part C State" by Act No. 3 of 1951, section 3 and Sch..

12. Substituted by the AO, 1937 for the original sub-section (3).

13. Sub-sections (2) and (3) omitted by Act No. 3 of 1951.

14. Sub-section (4) omitted by Act No. 3 of 1951.

15. The words "subject to the provisions of this Act with respect to European British subjects" omitted by Act No. 3 of 1951.

16. Refer to section 97 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974).

17. Inserted by Act No. 17 of 1929.

18. Refer to Order XXXII, rules 1 and 4(2), in Schedule I to the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908).

19. Refer to Order XXXIX Rules 1 and 2 in Schedule I to the Code of Civil Procedure,1908 (5 of 1908).

20. The word "district" repealed by Act No. 4 of 1962.

21. Refer to section 115 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908).

22. Substituted by A.L.O.1950, for the words "Provincial Government".