The Indian Contract Act, 1872
151. Care to be taken by bailee –
1151. Care to be taken by bailee.—In all cases of bailment the bailee is bound to take as much care of the goods bailed to him as a man of ordinary prudence would, under similar circumstances, take of his own goods of the same bulk, quantity and value as the goods bailed.2
In all cases of bailment the bailee is bound to take as much care of the goods bailed to him as a man of ordinary prudence would under similar circumstances; Kavita Trehan v. Balsara Hygiene Products Ltd., AIR 1992 Del 103.
Railway company as bailee
Under section 73 of The Railways Act, the responsibility of railway administration as a carrier and also as a bailee commences from the moment the goods are entrusted to the railway administration for transit to be carried by railway and continues until the goods are unloaded at the destination point. When the responsibility under section 73 of the Railways Act terminates, the responsibility of the railway administration under section 77 of The Railway Act commences; Union of India v. Sattur Nataraja Traders, AIR 1992 Kant 301.
1. The responsibility of the Trustees of the Port of Madras constituted under the Madras Port Trust Act, 1905 (Madras Act 2 of 1905), in regard to goods has been declared to be that of a bailee under these sections, without the qualifying words “in the absence of any special contract” in section 152, see section 40(1) of that Act.
2. As to railway contracts see the Indian Railways Act, 1890 (9 of 1890), section 72. [Ed. The Indian Railways Act, 1890 (9 of 1890) has been repealed by the Railways Act, 1989 (24 of 1989), sec. 200.] As to the liability of common carriers, see the Carriers Act, 1865 (3 of 1865), section 8.