Compromise – Meaning of

In the case of Bimal Kumar v. Shakuntala Debi, (2012) 3 SCC 548, it was held as under:

“It is to be borne in mind that the term ‘compromise’ essentially means settlement of differences by mutual consent. In such process, the adversarial claims come to rest. The cavil between the parties is given a decent burial. A compromise which is arrived at by the parties puts an end to the litigative battle. Sometimes the parties feel that it is an unfortunate bitter struggle and allow good sense to prevail to resolve the dispute. In certain cases, by intervention of well wishers, the conciliatory process commences and eventually, by consensus and concurrence, rights get concretised. A reciprocal settlement with a clear mind is regarded as noble. It signifies magnificient and majestic facets of the human mind. The exalted state of affairs brings in quintessence of sublime solemnity and social stability.” Nand Kishore Gaur v. Regional Deputy Director of Education, 2018 (4) AWC 3370.

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