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Devendra Mishra & Others v. State Of U.P. & Others - CRIMINAL MISC. WRIT PETITION No. 9398 of 2007  RD-AH 12082 (17 July 2007)
Hon'ble Imtiyaz Murtaza, J.
Hon'ble Vijay Kumar Verma, J.
Heard learned counsel for the petitioners and learned A.G.A. for the State.
This petition has been filed by the petitioner for quashing of the first information report lodged at case crime No. 537 of 2007 under Section 323, 504, 506, 436 I.P.C. and 3(1) X 3(2) IV SC/ST Act, P.S. Bakhira, District Santkabir Nagar.
Recently the Full Bench in Ajit Singh @ Muraha Vs. State of others, Criminal Misc. Writ Petition No. 4861 of 2001 decided on 05.07.2006 has reiterated the view taken by the earlier Full Bench in Satyapal Vs. State of U.P. and others, 2000 Cr. L.J. 569 that there can be no interference with the investigation or order staying arrest unless the F.I.R. discloses no cognizable offence or there is any statutory restriction on the power of the police to investigate a case as laid down by the Apex Court in various decisions including State of Haryana Vs. Bhajan Lal and others, AIR 1992 SC 604, and that the observations and directions in Joginder Kumar's case (Joginder Kumar Vs. State of U.P. & others, (1994) 4 SCC 260) do not relate to the power of the High Court to stay arrest or to quash an F.I.R. under Article 226 and contain only directions for the police, the breach whereof may call for departmental proceedings or action under contempt. The Full Bench has further held that it is not permissible to utilize the writ jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution in such a manner as to provide anticipatory bail which has been deleted in the State of U.P. and to do indirectly what cannot be done directly.
The petitioners' counsel has been unable to satisfy the Court that prima facie on the allegations in the F.I.R. no cognizable offence is disclosed, or that there was any statutory restriction on the conduct of investigation in this case.
In this view, there is no force in the writ petition, which is accordingly dismissed.
However, it is directed that in case the petitioners surrender and apply for bail within ten days from today before the Courts below in the aforesaid case, the same shall be considered and disposed of by the Courts below expeditiously in accordance with law.
YC/Crl.W.P. No.9398 of 2007
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