What is Alternative promise, one branch being illegal? Section 58 of Indian Contract Act 1872
58. In the case of an alternative promise, one branch of which is legal and the other illegal, the legal branch alone can be enforced.
A and B agree that A shall pay B 1,000 rupees for which B shall afterwards deliver to A either rice or smuggled opium.
This is a valid contract to deliver rice, and a void agreement as to the opium.
Time and place for performance
Performance of reciprocal promises
Appropriation of payments