Section 161 in The Indian Contract Act, 1872
Title: Bailee's responsibility when goods are not duly returned.
1If, by the default of the bailee, the goods are not returned, delivered or tendered at the proper time, he is responsible to the bailor for any loss, destruction or deterioration of the goods from that time2
1. S. 161 has been, declared to apply to the responsibility of the Trustees of the Port of Madras as to goods in their possession see the Madras Port Trust Act, 1905 (Madras Act 2 of 1905).
2. As to Railway contracts, see the Indian Railways Act, 1890 (9 of 1890), s. 72.
Title: Termination of gratuitous bailment by death.
A gratuitous bailment is terminated by the death either of the bailor or of the bailee.
Title: Bailor entitled to increase or profit from goods bailed.
In the absence of any contract to the contrary, the bailee is bound to deliver to the bailor, or according to his directions, any increase or profit which may have accrued from the goods bailed.
A leaves a cow in the custody of B to be taken care of. The cow has a calf. B is bound to deliver the calf as well as the cow to A.
Title: Bailor's responsibility to bailee.
The bailor is responsible to the bailee for any loss which the bailee may sustain by reason that the bailor was not entitled to make the bailment, or to receive back the goods, or to give directions respecting them.
Title: Bailment by several joint owners.
If several joint owners of goods bail them, the bailee may deliver them back to, or according to the directions of, one joint owner without the consent of all in the absence of any agreement to the contrary.