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Ram Ikbal v. The State Of U.P. And Others - WRIT - A No. 22590 of 2007  RD-AH 9254 (15 May 2007)
Civil Misc. Writ Petition No.22590 of 2007.
Ram Ikbal ...........Petitioner
The State of U.P & others ...........Respondents.
Hon'ble Ashok Bhushan, J.
Heard counsel for the petitioner and the learned Standing Counsel. By consent of the parties, the writ petition is being finally disposed of.
By this writ petition, the petitioner has prayed for quashing order dated 7.9.2006 passed by Superintendent of Police imposing fine of Rs. 500/-. The petitioner filed an appeal which appeal has been dismissed by the appellate authority vide its order dated 19.2.2007.
The learned counsel for the petitioner contends that appellate authority while dismissing the appeal has observed that appellant has not submitted the copy of the judgement of the High Court and the direction which has been referred to in the appeal, hence, cannot be accepted.
The learned counsel for the petitioner relying on proviso to Rule 20(7) contended that an opportunity was required to be given to the petitioner by the authority for removing the difficulty if any and the appeal could have been dismissed only when petitioner failed to remove the difficulty. Rule 20 of the Uttar Pradesh Police Officers of the Subordinate Ranks (Punishment and Appeal) Rules, 1991 pertain to appeal. Rule 20(4) and Rule 20(7) which is relevant for the present case are extracted below:
"Rule 20(4) - Every appeal, preferred under these rules contain al materials, statements, arguments relied on by the Police Officers preferring the appeal, and shall be complete in itself, but shall not contain disrespectful or improper language. Every appeal shall be accompanied by a copy of final order which is the subject of appeal.
Rule 20(7) - If the appeal preferred does not comply with the provisions of sub rule (4) the appellate authority may require the appellant to comply with the provisions of the said sub-rule within one month of the notice of such order to him and if the appellant fails to make the above compliance the appellate authority may dispose of the appeal in the manner as it deems fit."
From perusal of Rule 20(4) provides that every appeal preferred under the rules shall contain all materials, statements, arguments relied on by the Police Officers. Thus petitioner only to submit the copy of decision which was being relied by him. However Rule 20(7) provided that if appellant has failed to comply the provision of sub rule (4), the appellate authority may require the appellant to comply with the provisions of the said sub rule within one month. In the case the appellate authority was of the view that details relied by the appellant have not been filed which was open for him to give a notice to the appellant for comply the provision. The appellate authority having dismissed the appeal without giving any opportunity as contemplated under sub section (7), ends of justice be served in setting aside the appellate order and directing the appellate authority to decide the appeal as fresh. The appellant shall along with a copy of this order filed before the appellate authority all the details and materials which are being relied by him in the appeal within one month from today. The appeal thereafter may be disposed of in accordance with law. It is made clear that this Court has neither examined the merits of the claim nor is expressing any opinion on the merits of the claim.
The writ petition is disposed of accordingly.
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