Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Contract Act_Practical Problems_27

A authorises B to sell a camera for him, and agrees to give B, a commission of 10 per cent of the sale price. A afterwards, by a telegram, revokes B's authority. B, after the telegram is sent, but before he receives it, sells the camera to C for Rs. 10,000. C is also not aware of the revocation of authority by A. A later refuses to deliver the camera to C and pay commission to B for the sale, on the ground that the sale was not binding upon him. Decide

(i) whether A's contention is valid ?
(ii) whether B is entitled to commission on the sale price ?
(iii) what are the provisions of the Indian Contract Act in this regard ?

(i) A's contention is not valid.
(ii) Yes, @ 10 per cent on Rs. 10,000.
(iii) Revocation of authority of an agent does not, insofar as the agent is concerned, take effect until it becomes known to him and insofar as third parties are concerned until it becomes known to them According to Sec. 208 of the Indian Contract Act.

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