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The Money-Lenders Act, 1940 (Bengal Act)

( ACT NO. X OF 1940 )

Chapter VII


Inquiry for taking accounts and declaring the amount due
38. (1) Any borrower may make an application at any time to a Court which would have jurisdiction to entertain a suit by the lender for the recovery of the principal and interest of a loan made before or after the commencement of this Act for taking accounts and for declaring the amount due to the lender. Such application shall be in the prescribed form and shall be accompanied by a fee of one Taka, and on receipt of such application the Court shall cause a notice thereof to be served on the lender.
(2) The Court shall thereafter take an account of the transactions between the parties and shall declare the amounts, if any,-
(a) payable and already due,
(b) payable but not yet due
by the borrower to the lender, whether as principal or interest or both. In taking accounts under this section the Court shall follow the same procedure as it does in regard to civil suits and, so far as may be, the provisions of Chapters IV, VI and VII.
(3) A proceeding under this section shall be deemed to be a suit for the purposes of section 11 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, and a declaration under this section shall be subject to appeal, if any, as if it were a decree of the Court, and every decision in appeal shall be subject to appeal to the 1[High Court Division] in the same manner as a decree passed in appeal.

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