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DEVAKI, AGED 41 YEARS, W/O.LATE AITHAPPA v. STATE - REPRESENTED BY PUBLIC PROSECUTOR - Bail Appl No. 4450 of 2007  RD-KL 13884 (24 July 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMBail Appl No. 4450 of 2007()
1. DEVAKI, AGED 41 YEARS, W/O.LATE AITHAPPA
1. STATE - REPRESENTED BY PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
2. THE RANGE OFFICER,
For Petitioner :SRI.M.SASINDRAN
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R. BASANT, J.B.A. NO. 4450 OF 2007
Dated this the 24th day of July, 2007
ORDERApplication for anticipatory bail. The petitioner - a woman, faces allegations under the Kerala Abkari Act. She is alleged to have kept in her possession 50 x 100 ml. of Karnataka arrack in Palakkad. Since the detecting party did not consist of any female official, the petitioner could not be arrested. Investigation is complete. Final report has already been filed. Committal proceedings has been registered. The petitioner has not appeared before the learned Magistrate. Consequently, she finds coercive processes issued by the learned Magistrate chasing her.
2. According to the petitioner, she is absolutely innocent. Her absence earlier was not wilful. The petitioner is willing to co-operate with the court for the early disposal of the case. B.A. NO. 4450 OF 2007 -: 2 :- She is willing to surrender before the learned Magistrate. The petitioner apprehends that her application for regular bail may not be considered by the learned Magistrate on merits in accordance with law and expeditiously. It is, in these circumstances, that the petitioner has come to this Court for a direction to the learned Magistrate to release her on bail when she appears before the learned Magistrate.
2. It is for the petitioner to appear before the learned Magistrate and explain to the learned Magistrate the circumstances under which she 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 decisions reported in Sukumari v. State of Kerala (2001 (1) KLT 22) and Alice George v. Deputy Superintendent of Police (2003 (1) KLT 339).
3. In the result, this Crl.M.C. is dismissed; but with the observation that if the petitioner surrenders before the learned Magistrate and seeks bail, after giving sufficient prior notice to B.A. NO. 4450 OF 2007 -: 3 :- 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. Sd/-
(R. BASANT, JUDGE)Nan/ //true copy// P.S. to Judge
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