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THOMAS MATHEW, S/O.KUNJACHAN MTHAI v. PIOUS MOHANLAL, S/O.KUNJUKUNJU - WP(C) No. 2245 of 2007(P)  RD-KL 1622 (19 January 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMWP(C) No. 2245 of 2007(P)
1. THOMAS MATHEW, S/O.KUNJACHAN MTHAI,
1. PIOUS MOHANLAL, S/O.KUNJUKUNJU,
2. STATE OF KERALA,
For Petitioner :SRI.A.SHAFEEK
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R.BASANT, JW.P.C.No.2245 of 2007
Dated this the day of January 2007
The petitioner has been found guilty, convicted and sentenced in a prosecution under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act. He has challenged the said verdict of guilty, conviction and sentence by preferring an appeal before the Additional Sessions Court-II, Mavelikkara. There was a delay of 16 days in filing the appeal. The application for condonation of delay is posted by the learned Sessions Judge to 28/02/2007. The grievance of the petitioner is that posting of the case to such a distant date works out injustice to the petitioner. Unless the application for condonation of delay is considered expeditiously, the sentence is likely to be executed against him. It is, in these circumstances, prayed in this writ petition that appropriate directions may be issued to the learned Sessions Judge.
2. I am satisfied that adjournment of such an application for condonation of delay to such a distant date is not justified. The learned Sessions Judge shall forthwith suo moto advance the case and post to 31/01/2007. The petitioner shall take steps to Crl.M.C.No.2245/07 2 issue emergent notice to the respondent/complainant in that petition for condonation of delay. The petitioner is also given an opportunity to simultaneously give notice to the counsel for the respondent/complainant who was appearing before the court below. The learned Sessions Judge shall expeditiously dispose of the application for condonation of delay as also the application for suspension of execution. It is directed that the execution of the sentence shall stand suspended till 15/2/2007 on condition that the petitioner deposits an amount of Rs.25,000/- (Rupees twenty five thousand only) before the learned Sessions Judge within a period of fifteen days from this date. The learned Sessions Judge shall dispose of the application for condonation of delay and the application for suspension, by then. Hand over copy of this order to the learned counsel for the petitioner today itself.
(R.BASANT, JUDGE)jsr Crl.M.C.No.2245/07 3 Crl.M.C.No.2245/07 4
ORDER21ST DAY OF JULY 2006
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