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KUTTAPPAN, S/O. RAMAN v. STATE OF KERALA, REPRESENTED BY - Crl MC No. 4044 of 2006  RD-KL 3966 (20 December 2006)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMCrl MC No. 4044 of 2006()
1. KUTTAPPAN, S/O. RAMAN,
1. STATE OF KERALA, REPRESENTED BY
For Petitioner :SRI.T.M.RAMAN KARTHA
For Respondent :PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R.BASANT, J.Crl.M.C.NO.4044 OF 2006
Dated this the 20th day of December, 2006.
ORDERThe petitioner is one of the sureties of an accused in a prosecution under Section 138 of the N.I Act. The accused is absconding. The learned Magistrate initiated proceedings under Section 446 Cr.P.C. The petitioner received notice and appeared before the learned Magistrate. He could not produce the accused. The learned Magistrate imposed a penalty of Rs.4,000/-. An appeal was taken before the learned Sessions Judge under Section 449 Cr.P.C. In the said appeal, leniency was shown and the amount of penalty was reduced to Rs.3,000/-. The petitioner has come to this Court again complaining that the penalty imposed is excessive.
2. On merits, the petitioner does not appear to have any case at all. The order of the learned Magistrate shows that the petitioner had received notice and had appeared before the learned Magistrate and had sought time to produce the accused. In these circumstances, the grievance that there was no proper notice to the petitioner cannot be accepted. No attempt is made to substantiate that contention also. Crl.M.C.NO.4044 OF 2006 2
3. The learned appellate Judge had shown indulgence and leniency to a fault and to the extent possible. The accused is absconding even now as is evident from the appellate judgment passed by the learned Sessions Judge. There is no submission before me that the accused has actually appeared before the learned Magistrate at least now.
4. The interests of public justice demand that the bounden and the sureties must scrupulously abide by the undertakings made by them before Court. Misplaced sympathy and leniency will be counter productive and will further constitute to the scandalous delay in the judicial process. That the petitioner is ill, does not in any way, persuade me to show any further leniency. It is significant that there is no assertion even now that the presence of the accused has been made available to the learned Magistrate. Maximum leniency has already been shown. The bond was for an amount of Rs.10,000/-. The penalty imposed is only Rs.3,000/-. The accused is still at large. In these circumstances, I am satisfied, that this petition deserves to be dismissed.
5. It is, of course, brought to my notice that Crl.R.P.No.245 of 2004 is pending before this Court and that is Crl.M.C.NO.4044 OF 2006 3 the revision petition filed by the accused in this case challenging his conviction. Obviously even after preferring the revision petition, the accused is absconding, as is evident from the statements relevant from the appellate judgment. R.BASANT
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