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Injunction: Meaning, Types, Issue and Judicial Precedents

What is an Injunction?

An injunction means a restricting order from the court from stopping a person from doing, continuing or repeating a wrongful act. 

“An injunction is a prohibitive writ given by a court of value, at the suit of a gathering complainant, coordinated to a gathering respondent in the activity, or to a gathering made a litigant for that reason, prohibiting the last to do some demonstration, or to allow his workers or specialists to do some demonstration, which he is undermining or endeavoring to submit, or limiting him in the duration thereof, such demonstration being unreasonable and biased, harmful to the offended party, and not, for example, can be sufficiently reviewed by an activity fit law.” 

For example, if a person is demolishing a property which you have a possible claim upon it. Hence, you can ask the competent court to order a person to stop his actions to not try to demolish the aforementioned property until the trial for the said building ends. 

The law of injunction can be seen in the Specific Relief Act, 1963 and is also regulated by Code of Civil Procedure (CPC).


Based on the nature of time

  1. Temporary injunction
  2. Permanent injunction

Based on the nature of the order

  1. Prohibitory Injunction
  2. Mandatory injunction

Temporary Injunction

• Section 94 CPC: The part accommodates supplemental procedures, to empower the court to keep the finishes of equity from being vanquished. Area 94(c) states that a court may concede impermanent injunction and in the event of rebellion submit the individual blameworthy thereof to the common jail and request that his property be appended and sold. Segment 94(e) of the Code empowers the court to cause interlocutory orders as may appear to it to be simply and helpful. 

• Section 95 CPC: If it is found by the court that there were no adequate grounds to allow the injunction, or the plaintiff is vanquished in the suit, the court may grant sensible pay to the defendant on his application asserting such pay. 

Permanent Injunction 

A permanent injunction allowed by the court means that the defendant is permanently precluded from the statement of a right, or from the commission of a demonstration, which would be in opposition to the privileges of the plaintiff.

Circumstances where Injunction can be granted:

  • To maintain status -quo.
  • Against transfer of property.
  • Disposal of goods.
  • Making construction
  • Effecting recovery of dues.
  • Attachment of property.
  • Appointing receiver or commission
  • Against Prosecution etc.

Order XXXIX:

1. Rule 1: “It enrolls the circumstances when a court may give temporary injunction. These are: Any property in question in a suit is at risk for being squandered, harmed or estranged by any gathering to the suit, or unfairly sold in execution of a declaration, or the defendant undermines, or means, to eliminate or discard his property with the end goal of swindling his banks, the defendant takes steps to seize the plaintiff or in any case cause injury to the plaintiff according to any property in debate in the suit.” 

2. Rule 2: It gives that a between time injunction might be conceded for controlling the defendant from submitting a break of agreement or other injury of any sort to the plaintiff. 

3. Rule 3: It expresses that a court will guide a notification of use to the contrary party, prior to allowing the injunction to the plaintiff. Notwithstanding, on the off chance that it appears to the court that the reason for the injunction would be vanquished by the postponement, it may not give the notification. 

4. Rule 4: It accommodates excursion of effectively allowed temporary injunction. 

5. Rule 5: It expresses that an injunction coordinated to a company is restricting on the actual organization, yet in addition on all individuals and officials of the enterprise whose individual activity the injunction looks to control.

In the M. Gurudas and Ors. case, the Court has opined, “while considering an application for injunction, the Court would pass an order thereupon having regard to prima facie, balance of convenience and irreparable injury.”

Prima Facie Case: 

Prima Facie literally means, on the face of it. In Martin Burn Ltd. vs. R.N. Banerjee, while discussing a the meaning of the ‘prima facie’ case, the court said:

“A prima facie case does not mean a case proved to the hilt but a case which can be said to be established if the evidence which is led in support of the same were believed. While determining whether a prima facie case had been made out the relevant consideration is whether on the evidence led it was possible to arrive at the conclusion in question and not whether that was the only conclusion which could be arrived at on that evidence.”

Irreparable Injury: 

‘Irreparable injury’ signifies such injury which can’t be enough cured by harms. The cure by harms would be lacking if the remuneration at last payable to the plaintiff in the event of achievement in the suit would not place him in the situation in which he was before injunction was can’t.

Balance of Convenience:

The court stated that:

“Balance of convenience means that comparative mischief or inconvenience which is likely to issue from withholding the injunction will be greater than that which is likely to arise from granting it. In applying this principle, the Court has to weigh the amount of substantial mischief that is likely to be done to the applicant if the injunction is refused and compare it with that which is likely to be caused to the other side if the injunction is granted.”

Judicial Precedents:

Hassan Yusuf Khan vs Syed Ashia Ali, The award of an id break injunction is something remarkable. It isn’t passable to concede it except if the plaintiff is without a doubt qualified for a pronouncement and the defendant is without a doubt obligated or liable to remove the products of the declaration. Subsequently, innate force under area 151 can’t be utilized as an ordinary issue when the cure is free in a particular arrangement. 

Dalpat Kumar vs Prahlad Singh and Ors. the Apex Court, while considering the subject of equilibrium of convenience saw that the court while practicing watchfulness in allowing or declining injunction should practice sound legal tact and should endeavor to weigh generous naughtiness or injury prone to be caused to the gatherings , and on account of refusal of injunction should contrast it and that which is probably going to be caused to the contrary party, if the injunction is conceded.


  1.  Hassan Yusuf Khan vs. Syed Ashia Ali 1979 ALL. L.J. 54
  2.   Ram Prasad Singh vs Subodh Prasad Singh AIR 1983 Pat 278
  3.   Dalpat Kumar vs Prahlad Singh and Ors. AIR 1993 SC 276
  4.  Anwar Elahi vs Vinod Misra And Anr. 1995 IVAD Delhi 576, 60 (1995) DLT 752, 1995 (35) DRJ 341
  5.  Section 37 of the Specific Relief Act, 1963
  6.  Cotton Corporation Of India vs. United Industrial Bank  1983 AIR 1272, 1983 SCR (3) 962
  7.  Jujhar Singh vs. Giani Talok Singh  AIR 1987 P H 34
  8.  Union of India vs. Era Educational Trust, AIR 2000 SC 1573

This article is written by Faiz Iqbal, from NMIMS’S School of Law


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