Interpretation of Local Statutes by High Courts / The Revival of Ray LXII

Where a High Court construes a local statute, ordinarily deference must be given to High Court Judgments in interpreting such a statute, particularly when they have stood the test of time [State of Gujarat v. Zinabhai Ranchhodji Darji, (1972) 1 SCC 233 at Paragraph 10; Bishamber Dass Kohli v. Satya Bhalla, (1993) 1 SCC 566 at Paragraph 11; Duroflex Coir Industries Ltd. v. CST, 1993 Supp (1) SCC 568 at Paragraph 2; State of Karnataka v. G. Seenappa, 1993 Supp (1) SCC 648 at Paragraph 3 and Bonam Satyavathi v. Addala Raghavulu, 1994 Supp (2) SCC 556 at Paragraph 4].

Hon’ble Justice R.F. Nariman, Govt. of Kerala v. Mother Superior Adoration Convent, [Civil Appeal No. 202 of 2012].