Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Contract Act_Practical Problems_36

Peter Feraro offered to pay Rs. 10,000 to any person, who would swim a hundred yards on Bombay's sea coast on the New Year's Day of 1983. A fisherman, without any information about the offer, claimed Rs. 10,000 on swimming the distance to save his life after he was accidently thrown overboard by the rough sea waves. Can the fisherman claim the money ?

No- the fisherman or servant cannot claim the money. They acted without any information as to the offer. How can a person accept an offer unless he is aware of it ?

Therefore, the offer cannot be said to have been accepted thereby resulting in a contract. Similar decision was given in Lalman Shukla v. Gauri Dutt.

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