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SUNIL, S/O.MUTHUSWAMY PANIKKER v. STATE OF KERALA, REPRESENTED BY - Crl MC No. 4021 of 2006  RD-KL 3398 (13 December 2006)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMCrl MC No. 4021 of 2006()
1. SUNIL, S/O.MUTHUSWAMY PANIKKER,
1. STATE OF KERALA, REPRESENTED BY
For Petitioner :SRI.G.SUDHEER
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R. BASANT, J.CRL.M.C.NO. 4021 OF 2006
Dated this the 13th day of December, 2006
ORDERThe petitioner faces indictment in a prosecution under Sec.55(a) of the Kerala Abkari Act. The alleged incident occurred on 5/7/96. ,The petitioner was not available for arrest and the case against him is now transferred to the list of Long Pending Cases as L.P.No.26/98.
2. The petitioner, in these circumstances, wants to surrender before the learned Magistrate and seek regular bail. The petitioner apprehends that his application for regular bail may not be considered by the learned Magistrate on merits in accordance with law and expeditiously. It is, in these circumstances, that the petitioner has come to this Court for a direction to the learned Magistrate to release him on bail when he appears before the learned Magistrate.
3. It is for the petitioner to appear before the learned Magistrate and explain to the learned Magistrate the circumstances under which he could not earlier appear before the learned Magistrate. I have no reason to assume that the CRL.M.C.NO. 4021 OF 2006 -: 2 :- learned Magistrate would not consider the petitioner's application for regular bail on merits, in accordance with law and expeditiously. No special or specific directions appear to be necessary. Every court must do the same. Sufficient general directions on this aspect have already been issued in the decision reported in Alice George v. Deputy Superintendent of Police (2003 (1) KLT 339).
4. In the result, this Crl.M.C. is dismissed; but with the observation that if the petitioner surrenders before the learned Magistrate and seeks 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 and expeditiously - on the date of surrender itself, unless compelling and exceptional reasons are there. Sd/-
(R. BASANT, JUDGE)Nan/ //true copy// P.S. to Judge
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