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A.R.ANIL KUMAR, ANTHIKKAD HOUSE v. THE STATE OF KERALA, REPRESENTED BY - WP(C) No. 18404 of 2007(N)  RD-KL 10413 (18 June 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMWP(C) No. 18404 of 2007(N)
1. A.R.ANIL KUMAR, ANTHIKKAD HOUSE,
1. THE STATE OF KERALA, REPRESENTED BY
2. THE SUB INSPECTOR OF POLICE,
For Petitioner :SRI.P.F.FRANCIS
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R.BASANT, J.W.P.C.No.18404 of 2007
Dated this the 18th day of June 2007
J U D G M E N T
There was a traffic accident involving two vehicles. The petitioner is the owner of one of the vehicles. A crime has been registered by the police against the petitioner at the instance of the driver of the other vehicle. Investigation of that case is in progress.
2. In the meanwhile, the petitioner filed a complaint before the learned Magistrate. The same was referred under Section 156(3) Cr.P.C. Investigation into that crime is also pending. The petitioner's vehicle has been seized and the same is available in the custody of the police. The learned Public Prosecutor submits that the said vehicle had been produced before the learned Magistrate and is at present in the custody of the police on the basis of a direction issued by the learned Magistrate.
3. The petitioner wants return of the custody of his vehicle. He has not approached the learned Magistrate so far W.P..C.No.18404/07 2 nor has he approached the police with the original documents to show his ownership of the vehicle. It is, in these circumstances, that the petitioner has come before this court.
4. The learned counsel for the petitioner offers to approach the learned Magistrate with a proper application under Section 457 or Section 451 Cr.P.C as the case may be. I need only observe that the learned Magistrate must expeditiously dispose of such application on merits and in accordance with law. The learned Public Prosecutor submits that the police have no objection in releasing the vehicle to the petitioner on condition that he proves that he is the owner of the vehicle entitled to possession thereof.
5. In these circumstances, this petition is dismissed with the observation that the petitioner may approach the learned Magistrate under Section 457 or Section 451 Cr.P.C for release of the vehicle. The learned Magistrate must pass orders expeditiously. Hand over copy of this order to both the learned counsel for the petitioner and the learned Public Prosecutor.
(R.BASANT, JUDGE)jsr W.P..C.No.18404/07 3 W.P..C.No.18404/07 4
ORDER21ST DAY OF MAY2007
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