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K.M.UMMER, AGED 45 YEARS v. STATE OF KERALA REPRESENTED BY - Crl MC No. 2213 of 2007  RD-KL 12582 (10 July 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMCrl MC No. 2213 of 2007()
1. K.M.UMMER, AGED 45 YEARS,
1. STATE OF KERALA REPRESENTED BY
2. SUNNY ANTO, AUTHORIZED BY THE HOLDER OF
For Petitioner :SRI.K.J.SAJI ISAAC
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R.BASANT, J.Crl.M.C.No.2213 of 2007
Dated this the 10th day of July 2007
O R D E RThe petitioner faces indictment in a prosecution under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act. Consequent to his non-appearance before the learned Magistrate, the learned Magistrate has issued coercive processes to secure the presence of the petitioner.
2. According to the petitioner, he is innocent of the allegations raised. According to him, his absence was not wilful and was due to reasons beyond his control. The petitioner submits that he is willing to co-operate with the court for expeditious disposal. He is willing to surrender before the learned Magistrate. But he apprehends that his application for bail may not be considered by the learned Magistrate on merits, in accordance with law and expeditiously. He, therefore, prays that directions under Section 482 Cr.P.C. may be issued to the learned Magistrate to release the petitioner on bail when he appears and applies for bail.
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 Crl.M.C.No.2213/07 2 the learned Magistrate.
4. I find absolutely no reason to assume that the learned Magistrate would not consider the application for bail to be filed by the petitioner 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 been issued in Alice George vs. Deputy Superintendent of Police [2003(1)KLT 339].
5. In the result, this Criminal Miscellaneous Case 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. Hand over copy of this order to the learned counsel for the petitioner.
(R.BASANT, JUDGE)jsr Crl.M.C.No.2213/07 3 Crl.M.C.No.2213/07 4
ORDER21ST DAY OF MAY2007
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