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SOMARAJAN, AGED 52 YEARS v. STATE OF KERALA, REPRESENTED BY - Crl MC No. 4003 of 2006  RD-KL 3123 (11 December 2006)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMCrl MC No. 4003 of 2006()
1. SOMARAJAN, AGED 52 YEARS,
1. STATE OF KERALA, REPRESENTED BY
2. MOHAN MENON, MONAN'S COTTAGE,
For Petitioner :DR.K.P.SATHEESAN
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R.BASANT, J.Crl.M.C.NO.4003 OF 2006
Dated this the 11th day of December, 2006.
ORDERThe petitioner is an accused in a prosecution under Section 138 of the N.I Act. He had entered appearance before the learned Magistrate, but he was later not available for trial. The learned Magistrate, in these circumstances, is proceeding to issue coercive process to secure the presence of the petitioner.
2. According to the petitioner, he had valid reasons for not appearing before the learned Magistrate. He was under compulsion of circumstances obliged to proceed to his place of employment and that was the reason why he was not present before the learned Magistrate when the case was called. The petitioner now wants to surrender before the learned Magistrate. The petitioner apprehends that his application for regular bail may not be considered promptly, favourably and on merits by the learned Magistrate. He therefore prays that a direction under Section 482 Cr.P.C may be issued to release him on bail when he appears before the learned Magistrate.
3. It is certainly for the petitioner to appear before the learned Magistrate and explain to the learned Magistrate the Crl.M.C.NO.4003 OF 2006 2 circumstances under which he could not earlier appear before the learned Magistrate. I have no reason to assume that the learned Magistrate would not consider the application for bail on merits, in accordance with law and expeditiously. Every court must do the same. No special or specific directions appear to be necessary. Sufficient general directions have already been issued in Alice George v. The Deputy Superintendent of Police [2003(1) KLT 339].
4. In the result, this Crl.M.C is dismissed, but with the specific observation that if the petitioner surrenders before the learned Magistrate and applies for bail after giving sufficient prior notice to the Prosecutor in charge of the case, the learned Magistrate must proceed to pass appropriate orders on merits, in accordance with law and expeditiously - on the date of surrender itself, unless there are compelling reasons. R.BASANT
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