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SHAJAHAN @ RIYAS v. STATE - Bail Appl No. 4168 of 2007  RD-KL 11924 (3 July 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMBail Appl No. 4168 of 2007()
1. SHAJAHAN @ RIYAS
For Petitioner :SRI.GRASHIOUS KURIAKOSE
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R. BASANT, J.B.A.NO. 4168 OF 2007
Dated this the 3rd day of July, 2007
ORDERApplication for anticipatory bail. The petitioner faces indictment for offences punishable, inter alia, under Sec.395 of the IPC. Investigation is complete. Final report has already been filed. The committal court has taken cognizance. As the petitioner was not available, a warrant of arrest has been issued to procure his presence. According to the petitioner, he is innocent. His absence was not wilful. 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 prayed that directions under Sec.438 and/or 482 of the Cr.P.C. may be issued in favour of the B.A.NO. 4168 OF 2007 -: 2 :- petitioner.
2. After the decision in Bharat Chaudhary and another v. State of Bihar (AIR 2003 SC 4662), it is by now trite that powers under Sec.438 of the Cr.P.C. can be invoked in favour of a person who apprehends arrest in execution of a non-bailable warrant issued by a court in a pending proceedings. But even for that, sufficient and satisfactory reasons must be shown to exist. I am not persuaded, in the facts and circumstances of this case, that any such reasons exist.
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 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 application is dismissed; but with the observation that if the petitioner surrenders before the learned B.A.NO. 4168 OF 2007 -: 3 :- 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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