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Dinesh Kumar & Others v. State Of U.P. & Others - CRIMINAL MISC. WRIT PETITION No. - 15551 of 2007  RD-AH 18134 (21 November 2007)
HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT ALLAHABAD
Court No. 46
Criminal Misc. Writ Petition No. 15551 of 2007
Dinesh Kumar and others........... Petitioners
State of U.P. and others............. Respondents
Hon'ble Amar Saran, J.
Hon'ble Vijay Kumar Verma, J.
Heard learned counsel for the petitioners and learned Additional Government Advocate.
No counter affidavit has been filed in spite of time granted.
The arrest of the petitioners was stayed in case crime no. C-1281 of 2007 (State Vs. Dinesh Kumar) under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 469, 471 I.P.C., Police Station Rampur, District Jaunpur by interim order dated 04.10.2007 passed in this writ petition. The investigation had not been stayed. It is not known whether the investigation has been completed yet or not.
In the case of Mahendra Lal Das Vs. State of Bihar 2002 SCC (Crl) 110, it has been held by the Supreme Court that while interference by Courts at investigation stage is not called for, the investigating agency cannot be given latitude of protracting the conclusion of the investigation without any limit of time.
No useful purpose would be served in keeping this petition pending any longer. Accordingly, we dispose of this writ petition with the following directions:-
1.The investigation will be completed within three months of the date on which a certified copy of this order is presented before the Investigating Officer or any police officer of the District to whom the investigating officer is directly subordinate;
2.The petitioners will not be arrested during pendency and for the purpose of investigation, provided a certified copy of this order is presented before the police officer as directed above within one month from today;
3.If certified copy is not presented within the time aforesaid, the stay of arrest will not operate;
4.If at the conclusion of the investigation, a chargesheet is submitted instead of final report, it will be open to the judicial magistrate, if he decides to take cognizance, to summon the accused by summons or warrants in accordance with Section 204 Cr.P.C. after copies have been prepared for compliance with Section 207/208 Cr.P.C.
5.If for any unavoidable reason, the investigation cannot be completed within the aforesaid time of three months, it will be open to the investigating officer to apply in this writ petition by means of a miscellaneous application for enlargement of said time of three months by giving details of the investigation conducted during the aforesaid period of three months and also giving reasons why the investigation could not be completed within the time specified above;
6.If the chargesheet is decided to be submitted to the Court of Magistrate, in column no. 3 of the prescribed form of chargesheet, it will be mentioned that the accused have not been arrested on account of stay order granted by this Court;
7.The accused will cooperate with the investigation and in case of non-cooperation or otherwise if the Investigating Officer is of the opinion that for any other valid reason, the arrest of accused is necessary during or for the purpose of investigation, it will be open to the Investigation Officer to apply in this writ petition by means of misc. application giving details of non-cooperation as also details of what kind of cooperation is expected by the accused for completing investigation or why the arrest is otherwise necessary so that interim stay of arrest granted hereby may be vacated.
The writ petition stands disposed of.
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