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AHAMMEDKUTTY @ BABUJI v. THE STATE OF KERALA - Crl MC No. 1552 of 2007  RD-KL 13224 (17 July 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMCrl MC No. 1552 of 2007()
1. AHAMMEDKUTTY @ BABUJI,
1. THE STATE OF KERALA,
For Petitioner :SRI.BABU S. NAIR
For Respondent :PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R. BASANT, J.Crl.M.C. NO. 1552 OF 2007
Dated this the 17th day of July, 2007
ORDERThe petitioner faces indictment in a prosecution for offences punishable, inter alia, under Sec.3(i)(x) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Attrocities) Act. The petitioner was the 1st accused. The co- accused - accused Nos.2 and 3, stood trial. They have been found not guilty and acquitted. As the petitioner was not available at the relevant time, he did not stand trial. The case against him has been split up. The petitioner now faces the prospect of a fresh trial against him.
2. The learned counsel for the petitioner submits that the co-accused having already been acquitted, the petitioner may be given the advantage of the said judgment of acquittal. The case against the petitioner may be brought to premature termination by invoking the powers under Sec.482 of the Crl.M.C. NO. 1552 OF 2007 -: 2 :- Cr.P.C.
3. It is by now trite - after the decision of a Full Bench in Moosa v. Sub Inspector of Police (2006 (1) KLT 552) that the mere fact that the co-accused have been found not guilty and acquitted in a trial held against them in the absence of an accused like the petitioner cannot confer any benefit or advantage on such absconding co-accused. It is not disputed that the nature of the allegation against the petitioner/1st accused is qualitatively different from the allegations that are raised against the co-accused. I do not, in these circumstances, find any justification in the prayer for invocation of the powers under Sec.482 of the Cr.P.C. to quash the proceedings.
4. This Crl.M.C. is, in these circumstances, dismissed. Sd/-
(R. BASANT, JUDGE)Nan/ //true copy// P.S. to Judge Crl.M.C. NO. 1552 OF 2007 -: 3 :-
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