Section 26 in The Code of Civil Procedure

Title: Institution of suits

Description: 1[(1)] Every suit shall be instituted by the presentation of a plaint or in such other manner as may be prescribed. 2[(2) In every plaint, facts shall be proved by affidavit.] *[Provided that such an affidavit shall be in the form and manner as prescribed under Order VI of Rule 15A.] 1. S. 26 renumbered as sub-section (1) by Act 46 of 1999, s. 2 (w.e.f. 1-7-2002). 2. Ins by s. 3, ibid., (w.e.f. 1-7-2002). * Shall be applicable to commercial disputes of a specified value by Act 4 of 2016, s. 16 and the Schedule (w.e.f. 23-10-2015).

Title: Summons to defendants

Description: Where a suit has been duly instituted, a summons may be issued to the defendant to appear and answer the claim and may be served in manner prescribed 1 [on such day not beyond thirty days from date of the institution of the suit.] 1. Ins by s. 3, ibid. (w.e.f. 1-2-2002).

Title: Service of summons where defendant resides in another State

Description: (1) A summons may be sent for service in another State to such Court and in such manner as may be prescribed by rules in force in that State. (2) The Court to which such summons is sent shall, upon receipt thereof, proceed as if it had been issued by such Court and shall then return the summons to the Court of issue together with the record (if any) of its proceedings with regard thereto. 1[(3) Where the language of the summons sent for service in another State is different from the language of the record referred to in sub-section (2), a translation of the record,— (a) in Hindi, where the language of the Court issuing the summons is Hindi, or (b) in Hindi or English where the language of such record is other than Hindi or English, shall also be sent together with the record sent under that sub-section.] 1. Ins. by Act 104 of 1976, s. 12 (w.e.f. 1-5-1977).

Title: Service of foreign summonses

Description: 1[29. Service of foreign summonses.-- Summonses and other processes issued by (a) any Civil or Revenue Court established in any part of India to which the provisions of this Code do not extend, or (b) any Civil or Revenue Court established or continued by the authority of the Central Government outside India, or (c) any other Civil or Revenue Court outside India to which the Central Government has, by notification in the Official Gazette, declared the provisions of this section to apply, may be sent to the Courts in the territories to which this Code extends, and served as if they were summonses issued by such Courts.] 1. Subs. by Act 2 of 1951, s. 6, for section 29 (w.e.f. 1-4-1951).

Title: Power to order discovery and the like

Description: Subject to such conditions and limitations as may be prescribed, the Court may, at any time, either of its own motion or on the application of any party,— (a) make such orders as may be necessary or reasonable in all matters relating to the delivery and answering of interrogatories, the admission of documents and facts, and the discovery, inspection, production, impounding and return of documents or other material objects producible as evidence; (b) issue summonses to persons whose attendance is required either to give evidence or to produce documents or such other objects as aforesaid; (c) order any fact to be proved by affidavit.