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Sudhir Kumar Saraswat And Others v. State Of U.P. And Another - APPLICATION U/s 482 No. 4071 of 2005 [2006] RD-AH 9556 (15 May 2006)

 

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HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE OF ALLAHABAD

Court No.54

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CRIMINAL MISC. APPLICATION NO. 4071 OF 2005

Sudhir Kumar Saraswat and others....................Applicants.

                   Versus

State of U.P and another............................Opposite Parties.

Hon. Mrs. Poonam Srivastava, J.

Heard Sri S.P.S. Raghav, learned counsel for the contesting opposite party and Sri Arvind Agrawal, learned counsel for the applicants.

The present application under Section 482 Cr.P.C. had been filed invoking inherent jurisdiction with a prayer to quash the charge sheet dated 8.11.2004 submitted in case crime no. 178 of 2004, under Sections 406, 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B I.P.C read with Section 6 Dowry Prohibition Act, P.S. South, District Firozabad.  The application was finally disposed of by this Court vide order dated 27.4.2005, when it was moved as a fresh case. I was not inclined to quash the charge sheet since factual controversy was involved, which could only be decided in the trial. It was submitted on behalf of the applicant nos. 2 and 3 that one is an old mother-in-law, who is heart patient and other is unmarried daughter.  They were allowed to appear through their counsel and not be compelled to go to jail. Subsequently, a recall application was moved by Sri Raghav bringing to my notice that a criminal revision no. 1463 of 2005 Km. Neeru and another Vs. State of U.P. and another was filed before this Court and the same was dismissed on 24.3.2005 with an observation that since the accused are ladies, they shall not be arrested for the period of three weeks, in the event they move bail application within aforesaid period, it shall be disposed of expeditiously, preferably on the same day.

However, Sri Raghav has brought to my notice that the order passed in criminal revision was materially concealed in the subsequent application filed under Section 482 Cr.P.C.  There is not a whisper about filing of the criminal revision or any order passed in respect of the two ladies, who were granted liberty in the instant application under Section 482 Cr.P.C. Record of the criminal revision has also come up before this Court. I have gone through the entire record. Sri Agrawal was specifically questioned about omission of material fact to which, he replied that since the previous revision was filed against the summoning order, whereas the present application was filed for quashing the charge sheet, there was no need to mention as the prayer was different. I am not satisfied with this explanation. The charge sheet was submitted after completing the investigation and the accused were summoned after submission of the charge sheet.  The revision was filed challenging the summoning order. While rejecting the revision, it has come in the order that the investigation is completed and the charge sheet has been filed by the Investigating Officer and thereafter the accused were summoned, therefore, explanation given by the counsel for the applicants cannot be accepted.  

It is evident that since desired result could not be obtained in the revision filed previously, therefore, subsequent application with a little twist in the prayer was moved before this Court and the order was passed granting absolute liberty to the two ladies. The previous revision was filed before this Court to stay their arrest after they were summoned.  This Court declined to stay their arrest but granted indulgence for three weeks with the permission to apply for bail and a direction to the concerned court to decide it expeditiously, preferably on the same day.  However, it is evident that the applicants/revisionists were not satisfied hence concealing this fact moved the present application under Section 482 Cr.P.C..  it is also noteworthy that the counsel who filed the revision was one and the same who ventured to move the instant application. This itself amounts to an abuse of the process of the Court and their act cannot be appreciated.

In the circumstances, the order dated 27.4.2005 passed in criminal misc. application no. 4071 of 2005 is recalled and liberty granted to the applicants stands cancelled.  The present application is dismissed. The applicants shall surrender forthwith and the C.J.M. concerned shall proceed to take them in custody.

Dt. 15.5.2006

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