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Hanif Khan v. Commissioner & Others - WRIT - C No. 8819 of 1986  RD-AH 2609 (19 February 2007)
Civil Misc. Writ Petition No.8819 of 1986
Hanif Khan vs. Commissioner, Jhansi division, Jhansi and others
Heard learned counsel for the parties.
This writ petition is directed against order dated 29.5.1986 passed by Commissioner, Jhansi division Jhansi dismissing petitioner's appeal being appeal no.17 of 1980-81 under Section 18 Arms Act as barred by time. The appeal was filed on 12.5.1981 against order of the Additional District Magistrate (Finance), Banda dated 4.3.1981 through which arms license of the petitioner had been cancelled. Petitioner stated that in connection with a crime case he remained in jail from 17.3.1981 to 18.4.1981 and he came to know about the order challenged in appeal on 22.4.981.
It appears that appellant had also filed some review petition before Additional District Magistrate in which it was stated that petitioner was ill. In the said review petition it was not stated that petitioner was in jail from 17.3.1981 to 18.4.1981. No counter affidavit was filed to the delay condonation application before the appellate court. Merely because petitioner did not state before the Additional District Magistrate that he was in jail from 17.3.1981 to 18.4.1981, it could not be said that he was infact not in jail. Whether a person was in jail or not could very well be ascertained by the State authorities and brought on record before the appellate court.
Learned counsel for the petitioner further states that the criminal case against the petitioner due to which petitioner was sent to jail and his license was cancelled was decided on 23.8.1984 and petitioner was acquitted.
In my opinion appellate court took a very strict view of the matter. In delay condonation matter such a strict view is not warranted vide Collector, Land Acquisition, Anantnag vs. katiji A.I.R. 1987 S.C. 1353.
Accordingly, writ petition is allowed. Impugned order is set aside. Delay in filing appeal before Commissioner is condoned on payment of Rs.1,000/- as cost which shall be deposited before the Commissioner within three months. After deposit of the cost appeal shall be decided on merit.
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