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MUHAMMED AHAMMED ULLI ALIAS v. K. SUBAIR, S/O. KHASIM PILLA - Crl MC No. 2279 of 2007  RD-KL 13270 (17 July 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMCrl MC No. 2279 of 2007()
1. MUHAMMED AHAMMED ULLI ALIAS
1. K. SUBAIR, S/O. KHASIM PILLA,
2. STATE - REPRESENTED BY PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
For Petitioner :SRI.M.SASINDRAN
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R. BASANT, J.Crl.M.C. NO. 2279 OF 2007
Dated this the 17th day of July, 2007
ORDERThe petitioner faces indictment in a prosecution, inter alia, under Sec.420 of the IPC. Cognizance has been taken on the basis of a final report submitted by the police. The petitioner had entered appearance and was enlarged on bail. But the petitioner could not appear before the learned Magistrate on subsequent dates of posting. Consequently, a non-bailable warrant of arrest has been issued against the petitioner. According to the petitioner, he is absolutely innocent. Hearing on the question of charge has not been undertaken by the learned Magistrate so far and no orders have been passed under Sec.239/240 of the Cr.P.C. The petitioner is employed abroad. His absence is not wilful; but is due to reasons beyond his control. The learned Magistrate Crl.M.C. NO. 2279 OF 2007 -: 2 :- has taken coercive processes against the petitioner.
2. The short prayer of the petitioner is that the petitioner may be permitted to appear before the learned Magistrate through counsel and claim discharge. If the learned Magistrate takes the view that the charges are liable to be framed, the petitioner shall appear before the learned Magistrate within a period of three months. The coercive process under Secs.82 and 83 of the Cr.P.C. may not be permitted to proceed further until such an opportunity is given to the petitioner. This, in short, is the prayer.
3. The petitioner had entered appearance and was being represented by counsel. The application filed by his counsel was rejected and a non-bailable warrant of arrest was issued against the petitioner. I find no reason why insistence should be made on the personal presence of the petitioner when the prayer is for discharge under Sec.239/240 of the Cr.P.C.
4. Considering all relevant circumstances in this case, I am satisfied that a direction can be issued to the learned Magistrate to keep the non-bailable warrant of arrest issued against the petitioner pending till 17/10/07. In the meantime, the petitioner shall be permitted to appear through pleader and stake his claim for discharge. The learned Magistrate shall Crl.M.C. NO. 2279 OF 2007 -: 3 :- consider such plea for discharge of the petitioner and pass appropriate orders under Sec.239/240 of the Cr.P.C. Thereafter, only if the personal presence of the petitioner is necessary for framing charge, need the petitioner be directed to appear after 17/10/07.
5. This Crl.M.C. is, in these circumstances, allowed and the above directions are issued. Sd/-
(R. BASANT, JUDGE)Nan/ //true copy// P.S. to Judge
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