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Part VII – The Limitation Act, 1963

The Limitation Act, 1963


PART VII – Suits relating to torts




For compensation for doing or for omitting to do an act alleged to be in pursuance of any enactment in force for the time being in the territories to which this Act extends.

One year

When the act or omission takes place.


For compensations for false imprisonment.

One year

When the imprisonment ends.


For compensation for malicious prosecution.

One year

When the plaintiff is acquitted or the prosecution is otherwise terminated.


For compensation for libel.

One year

When the libel is published.


For compensation for slander.

One year

When the words are spoken or if the words are not actionable in themselves, when the special damage complained of results.


For compensation for loss of service occasioned by the seduction of the plaintiff’s servant or daughter.

One year

When the loss occurs.


For compensation for inducing a person to break a contract with the plaintiff.

One year

The date of the breach.


For compensation for anillegal, irregular or excessive distress.

One year

The date of the distress.


For compensation for wrongful seizure or movable property under legal process.

One year

The date of the seizure.


By executors, administrators or representatives under the Legal Representatives Suits Act,1855.

One year

The date of the death of the person wronged.


By executors, administrators or representatives under the Indian Fatal Accidents Act,1855.

Two years

The date of the death of the person killed.


Under the Legal Representative Suits Act,1855 against an executor, and administrator or any other representative.

Two years

When the wrong complained of is done.



Against one who, having a right to use property for specific purposes, perverts it to other purposes.

Two years

When the perversion first becomes known to the person injured thereby.


For compensation for obstructing a way or a water course.

Three years

The date of the obstruction.


For compensation for diverting a water course.

 Three years

The date of the diversion.


For compensation for trespass upon immovable property.

Three years

The date of the trespass.


For compensation for infringing copyright or any other exclusive privilege.

Three years

The date of the infringement.


To restrain waste.

Three years

When the waste begins.


For compensation for injury caused by an injunction wrongfully obtained.

Three years

When the injunction ceases.


For compensation –




(a) for wrongfully taking or detaining any specific movable property lost, or acquired by theft, or dishonest misappropriation or conversion.

Three years

When the person having the right to the possession of the property first learns in whose possession it is.

(b) for wrongfully taking or injuring or wrongfully detaining any other specific movable property.

Three years

When the property is wrongfully taken or injured, or when the detainee’s possession becomes unlawful.



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