Introduction of Indian Contract Act

Introduction of Indian Contract Act


The Indian Contract Act brings inside its ambit the authoritative freedoms that have been conceded to the residents of India. It blesses freedoms, obligations and commitments on the contracting gatherings to assist them with effectively finishing up business-from daily existence exchanges to proving the organizations of worldwide organizations. The Indian Contract Act, 1872 was authorized on 25th April 1872 [Act 9 of 1872] and thusly came into power on the primary day of September 1872. The pith of the India Contract Act has been displayed on that of the English Common Law.

The degree of adjustments made in the Act according to the Indian conditions and its flexibility to the Indian economy is a significant area of examination. In such a manner it is appropriate to take note that since the order of the Act there have been no alterations and in this way, the Law that was made in 1872 still stands great. Nonetheless, these are inquiries of translation that not just rely upon the text of the Act, yet in addition on the English specialists that outlined the law and before it, the ensuing improvement of regulation.

The historical backdrop of the Act exposes the actual beginning of the monetary cycles and in such a manner, the significance of contracting to lead one’s business in regular day to day existence. The pervasive framework in the old times was trade and it depended on the common rule of compromise. This was bound to items as there was no mode of trade as is found as cash today and this framework can be followed back on schedule to the Indus Valley Civilization (the earliest human civilization). The framework actually observes pertinence in the contemporary world, where it very well may be found in financially and monetarily immature regions.

The Indian Contract Act classifies the manner in which we go into an agreement, execute an agreement and carry out arrangements of an agreement and impacts of break of an agreement. The legally binding limit is confined in specific circumstances in any case it is the privilege of the person to contract. There are explicit regions that manage the property, portable divine beings and explicit execution like the Transfer of Property Act, The Sale of Goods Act and The Specific Relief Act. A portion of these demonstrations was initially a piece of the Indian Contract Act sanctioned in 1872 yet was subsequently classified as independent regulations. Additionally, the Act isn’t reviewed in nature. Henceforth an agreement went into before first September 1872, despite the fact that to be performed subsequent to the passing of this Act isn’t hit by this Act.

Hence, we arrive at the conclusion that the basic framework of contracting is covered in the Indian Contract Act and it is an important area of law, with roots deep in the history of civilization- and thus forms the subject matter of this project of this course of Legal History.


The point of the venture is to follow the historical backdrop of the Indian Contract Act,1872 and investigate the improvements that prompted its authorization in 1872. The undertaking additionally dares to look for the historical backdrop of ‘Law of Contracts’ overall and present a short view on the changing thoughts about the agreement regulation.

Scope and limitations

The venture covers the advancement of the ‘Law of Contracts’ right from the beginning phases of human development, clearing its path through Roman and English ideas that at last prompted the arrangement of the Indian Contract Act. The venture likewise shows the pertinence of such regulation, organising the standards of agreement making.


The Act as sanctioned initially had 266 Sections,

General Principles of Law of Contract→ Sections 01 to 75

Contract connecting with Sale of Goods→Sections 76 to 123

Unique Contracts-Indemnity, Guarantee, Bailment and Pledge and Agency→ Sections 124 to 238

Contracts connecting with Partnership→ Sections 239 to 266

But, At present the Indian Contract Act might be separated into two sections:

  1. The General Principles of Law of Contract – Sections 1 to 75
  2. Special sorts of Contracts, for example,
      • Agreement of Indemnity and Guarantee
      • Agreement of Bailment and Pledge
      • Agreement of Agency.


General Principles of Law and Contract→ Section 1 – 75

Contracts connecting with the Sale of Goods→  Section 76 to 129

Unique Contracts→ Section 125 to 238

Contracts connecting with Partnership→ Section 239 to 266

Already, the Indian Contract Act, 1872 contained arrangements connecting with Sale of Goods (Movable Property) and Partnership. However, presently these two arrangements have been taken out from the Act and are put in two separate demonstrations known as the Sale of Goods Act, 1930 and the Indian Partnership Act, 1932. So as of now, the Indian Contract Act incorporates the General Principles of Contract and Special Contracts as it were.


Contracts assume a vital part in the everyday existence of each individual. More often than not individuals go into contracts without acknowledging it. For the arrangement of an agreement, there are numerous basics that must be followed. After the arrangement of an agreement, the following stage is reached, in particular, the satisfaction of the article the gatherings had as a primary concern. When the item is satisfied the risk of either party reaches a conclusion.




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