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Bisun Lal v. State Of U.P. & Others - CRIMINAL REVISION No. - 3750 of 2007 [2007] RD-AH 18594 (4 December 2007)

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Court No. 50

Criminal Revision No. 3725 of 2007

Satendra and another Vs. State of U.P. and another

Hon'ble R.K.Rastogi,J

This revision has been filed against the order dated 26.9.2007

passed by Sri A.K. Misra, Addl. Sessions Judge Court no. 12, Bareilly in S.T. No.844 of 2006, State Vs. Devraj and others .

Since the point involved in this revision is legal one and it is a State Case under sections 307 and 504 I.P.C., I have heard the learned counsel for the revisionist as well as the learned A.G.A. for the State and I am deciding it on merits without issuing any notice to the complainant opp. Party no.2.

The facts relevant for disposal of this revision are that on 15.3.2006 a F.I.R. was lodged by the informant opp. Party no. 2 Banti Singh against Deoraj Singh, Rakesh , Satendra and Rajoo at police station Shergarh District Bareilly with these allegations that on the occasion of Holi on 14.3.06 at about 9.30 P.M. he and his brother Mahesh Singh and other family members were at the house when the accused Deoraj Singh , Rakesh and Satendra took Mahesh Singh with them. When Mahesh did not return back for a long time,Banti Singh along with Rambeer Singh and Prem Pal Singh went to the house of Deo Raj Singh. He saw that Deoraj Singh along with his brothers Rakesh , Satendra and his brother in law Rajoo , who had pistols in their hands , stated that Mahesh should be killed . Then Deoraj Singh fired at Mahesh . The fire done by Deoraj hit Mahesh and he was seriously injured . He was taken to a hospital, but since his condition was serious, he was referred to the District Hospital Bareilly . However, since there was no improvement he was taken to the Gangacharan Hospital and he was lying senseless there. Then after leaving him in the hospital with his relations, he went to the police station and lodged the report.

The police on the basis of above report registered the case as Case Crime No. 108/06 against all the above named accused persons under sections 504, 307 I.P.C. However, after completion of investigation the police submitted charge sheet against Deoraj and Rajoo only . No charge sheet was submitted against the remaining accused by the I.O. asserting that they have been falsely implicated and they were not present on the spot at the time of the incident. The case was committed to the court of Sessions against the above named two accused only and it was transferred for trial to the court of Addl. Sessions Judge Court no.12 who framed charges against Deoraj Singh and Rajoo under sections 307 and 504 I.P.C. Thereafter the case was listed for evidence and statement of Banti Singh P.W. 1 was recorded . He stated in his statement that at the time of incident he along with his brother was at his house when the accused Satendra Singh, Rakesh and Deoraj came to his house and took his brother Mahesh with them and when Mahesh did not return back even after waiting for a long time he went to the house of Deoraj where he saw that Deo Raj, Rakesh, Rajoo and Satendra were present having pistols in their hands and they were abusing his brother . Deoraj asked his companions to murder Mahesh Singh and then Deoraj and Rajoo fired on Mahesh from their pistols and the fire done by Deoraj hit Mahesh .Then Banti Singh and his companions challenged the accused persons . Then the accused ran away . After recording of his above examination in chief on 10.5.07, the prosecution moved an application for summoning Satendra and Rakesh as accused under sections 319 Cr.P.C. That application was allowed by the learned Addl. Sessions Judge vide his order dated 26.9.07. Aggrieved with that order, the accused Satendra and Rakesh have filed this revision.

Learned counsel for the revisionists have cited before me a ruling of Hon'ble Apex Court in Mohd. Shafi Vs. Mohd. Rafiq and another : [2007(2) JIC 490 (SC)]. In this case Hon'ble Apex Court while interpreting Section 319 Cr.P.C. has observed in the concluding para of its judgement as follows:

"From the decisions of this Court, as noticed above, it is evident that before a Court exercises its discretionary jurisdiction in terms of Section 319 of the Code of Criminal Procedure it must arrive at the satisfaction that there exists a possibility that the accused so summoned in all likelihood would be convicted. Such satisfaction can be arrived at inter alia upon completion of the cross -examination of the said witness. For the said purpose , the Court concerned may also like to consider other evidence. We are, therefore, of the view that the High Court has committed an error in passing the impugned judgement. It is accordingly set aside. The appeal is allowed."

It is to be seen that in the present case the revisionists who had not been charge sheeted after investigation have been summoned on the basis of examination in chief only of P.W. 1 Banti Singh.

In view of the law laid down in the ruling , referred to above, it was mandatory for the court to permit the accused who have already put in appearance to cross examine the witness regarding participation of the present revisionists in the incident, and after cross examination the Court should have passed a suitable order in the matter taking into consideration the facts and circumstances under which the I.O. had not submitted charge sheet against them. Thus the impugned order passed by him can not be upheld and it is liable to be set aside.

In this way, the revision deserves to be allowed. It is accordingly allowed. The order dated 26.9.2007 passed by Sri A.K. Misra, Addl. Sessions Judge Court no. 12, Bareilly in S.T. No.844 of 2006, State Vs. Devraj and others is hereby set aside and the matter is remanded to the trial court for passing a fresh order in the light of the observations made in the body of the judgement.




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