Words and Phrases — “Ejusdem generis” — Meaning of — Discussed.

September 9th, 2013

Words and Phrases — “Ejusdem generis” — Meaning of — Discussed.

Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and Ors. Vs. Satchikitsa Prasarak Mandal & Ors., (2010)3 SCC 786, Kavalappara Kottarathil Kochuni vs. State of Madras, AIR 1960 SC 1080, Amar Chandra Chakraborty Vs. Collector of Excise, (1972)2 SCC 444 & Commissioner of Income Tax, Udaipur, Rajasthan Vs. McDowell and Co. Ltd., (2009)10 SCC 755, Referred.

(Para 45)

HELD: The term “ejusdem generis” has been defined in Black’s Law Dictionary, 9th Edn. as follows :

“A canon of construction holding that when a general word or phrase follows a list of specifics, the general word or phrase will be interpreted to include only items of the same class as those listed.”

(Para 45)

Nirma Industries Ltd. v. Securities & Exchange Board of India[Bench Strength 2], Civil Appeal No. 6082/2008(09/05/2013), 2013(7) JT 185: 2013(4) Supreme 161: 2013(5) SLT 330: 2013(7) SCALE 261 [Surinder Singh Nijjar, J.: Anil R. Dave, J.]

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