A farmer found himself unhappy because he lacked water to irrigate his fields. In search of a solution, he purchased a well from a shrewd farmer. However, the shrewd farmer imposed a restriction, forbidding the first farmer from drawing water from the well. This left the first farmer deeply frustrated, leading to an argument between them. The second farmer argued, "I sold you the well, not the water within it. Therefore, you have no entitlement to draw any water from the well."

Dissatisfied and seeking justice, the first farmer filed a case against the second farmer in Birbal's court, which operated under the rule of Akbar's kingdom. Birbal, renowned for his wisdom, listened to both sides of the argument and grasped the complexity of the case. The case proceeded under Birbal's jurisdiction.

After a thorough evaluation, Birbal ruled in favor of the shrewd farmer. However, Birbal introduced a condition, stating, "The well was indeed sold, but the water within it was not. Therefore, the seller must draw all the water from the well today. Failure to do so will result in the water belonging to the first farmer." Birbal delivered his judgment.

Upon hearing this condition, the shrewd farmer realized his mistake and sought forgiveness from the other farmer.

The moral of the story is that cheating is an undesirable habit that does not yield long-term benefits. If you deceive someone, you will inevitably experience negative consequences in due time.