Effect of Disability in limitation period

Tolling provisions are a beneficiary to the plaintiffs as they get to extend the time period in which they are permitted to bring suit. There are various events or circumstances that can take place which can result in toll of a statute of limitations. It is tolled when one of the parties is under a legal disability—the lack of legal capacity to do an act—at the time the cause of action accrues. A child or a person with a mental illness is regarded as being incapable of initiating a legal action on her own behalf. Therefore, as far as possible will be rung until some fixed time after the incapacity has been taken out. For instance, when a child arrives at the period of greater age, the checking of time will be continued. An individual inability that delays the activity of the rule against an individual might be affirmed uniquely by that person. In the event that a gathering is under more than one incapacity, the legal time limit doesn’t start to run until all the inabilities are taken out. When the rule starts to run, it won’t be suspended by the ensuing inability of any of the gatherings except if determined by rule.

Simple obliviousness of the presence of a reason for activity by and large doesn’t cost the legal time limit, especially when the realities could have been educated by request or constancy. In situations where a reason for activity has been falsely disguised, the legal time limit is rung until the activity is, or could have been, found through the activity of due tirelessness. Usually, quietness or inability to unveil the presence of a reason for activity doesn’t cost the rule. The nonattendance of the offended party or respondent from the purview doesn’t suspend the running of the legal time limit, except if the rule so gives. The legal time limit for an obligation or commitment might be rung by either a genuine guarantee to pay the obligation or an affirmation of the obligation. The time impediment on carrying a claim to implement instalment of the obligation is suspended until the ideal opportunity for instalment built up under the guarantee or Acknowledgment has shown up. Upon that due date, the time of restrictions will begin once more. The word suit has not been defined in the Limitation Act, 1963. The suit according to the section 26 of the Code of Civil Procedure is instituted by the presentation of plaint or such or in such other manner as may be prescribed.

  • Applicability of child in womb (heading change)

For computing the age of one person, his or her date of birth is considered as the starting point of it, but it was nowhere mentioned in the law that the time spent by child in the womb is not to be regarded as a period of minority. So therefore, the child in the womb can take advantage of Section 6 and 8 of the Limitation Act. A child in the mother’s womb is considered to be in existence, at least for the purpose of inheritance and thus has a right to challenge any transaction which affects its interest at the time. The child then has the right to take action against it which he couldn’t take under his minority. 

  • Calculating the period 

When we have to calculate the limitation period for minority, we calculate it by excluding the date when the person attained majority. However, in the case of Batuk v. Rudra, it was ruled out that the calculation should not be done from the day when the minor attained majority but rather from the date of cessation of his minority. 

The minor is additionally qualified to support Section 4, on the off chance that he brings a suit in the wake of accomplishing majority. In this manner, if on the most recent day following a long time from the date when the minor achieved majority, when he should have documented a suit, the court is shut, he can record his suit on the resuming day. Section 6 doesn’t forestall running of impediment yet just degrees the time of constraint. The benefit given to the minor or others under the Section isn’t that can be profited of by the people who have a disability alone. However, his parents can likewise document a suit or make an execution application inside a long time from the date on which the incapacity of the individual concerned stops despite the fact that the typical time of constraint of such application has terminated. The offended party as minor or maniacs can bring a suit during their handicap and no protest can be taken that the suit is banished by impediment. They are secured by Section 6 of the Limitation Act, 1963. The simple truth that there was a guardian for his benefit who could have recorded the suit before would not deny a minor of the security given by the Section.

Law Commission Recommendations 

With respect to legal disability, the Law Commission of India in its report recommended some changes in the Limitation Act, 1963. A claimant with disability under the Act, is either given no protection or they’re provided with too extensive protection at the cost of the defendant irrespective of the fact that claimant has a representative with the knowledge of all the relevant facts. To deal with such deviations, the Law Commission of India suggested the following changes in the Act: –

  1. An adult claimant under disability should not be provided with unlimited protection. “Where the claimant under a disability has suffered personal injury (to which no long stop period will apply) and is in the care of a responsible adult ten years after the later of (a) the act or omission giving rise to the claim and (b) the onset of disability, the primary limitation period should run from the date of responsible adult knew or ought to have known the relevant facts unless the responsible adult is a defendant to the claim”. (paraphrase)
  2. The law commission did not include the notion of pre-emptive suit within legal disability because they believed that this notion functions on a limited time frame. Also, the need of this concept was not considered necessary by the legislation as there already existed many special provisions that deals with extension of time period. 
  3. While making the recommendations, the commission felt the need to improve grammatical aspects of certain provision. Hence, to avoid unnecessary confusion, Section 7 was re-drafted to remove the expression “time will not run”. 


The law of Limitation Act and Condonation of Delay are two mechanisms for effective legislation and for the speedy disposal of cases. The Limitation Act formulates the time period for institution of suits and the time available to an individual to seek remedy. On the other hand, the law of Condonation of Delay serves to keep the principle of natural justice intact. It also states that a single rule cannot be applied to all the individuals residing in a country because of the different problems that different people face. It then becomes imperative to listen to these individuals and judge accordingly. The provision of legal disability under the limitation Act attempts to do the same. “This law is primarily meant for usage by legally discredited individuals and their legal representatives to rightfully claim within a reasonable time period what is rightfully theirs”. 

Since, there could be instances where such individuals are unfairly denied of their claims and dues and they’re not even entitled to file suits for the same. The provisions of legal disability aim to make sure that legal disability like legal insanity or minority does not in any manner deny such individuals to claim their legal rights. However, in order to protect the interests of both the parties in a conflict and to keep a fair check that this phenomenon is not misused, many caveat provisions were introduced like that of three-year period. 

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