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BABY, S/O.RAMACHANDRAN, MACHINGAL v. THE STATE OF KERALA - Bail Appl No. 5135 of 2007  RD-KL 16263 (22 August 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMBail Appl No. 5135 of 2007()
1. BABY, S/O.RAMACHANDRAN, MACHINGAL,
1. THE STATE OF KERALA,
For Petitioner :SRI.C.A.CHACKO
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R.BASANT, J.B.A.No.5135 of 2007
Dated this the 22nd day of August 2007
O R D E RApplication for anticipatory bail. The petitioner is the 29th accused. He faces allegations inter alia under Section 353 read with 149 I.P.C. Cognizance has been taken on the basis of a final report submitted by the police. The case has been registered. The petitioner was once enlarged on bail. On 09/08/2007, when the matter came up, the petitioner was not present. The application to excuse his absence was dismissed and a non- bailable warrant was issued against the petitioner by the learned Magistrate. The petitioner finds such warrant of arrest chasing him.
2. The learned counsel for the petitioner submits that the petitioner is absolutely innocent. His absence on 09/08/2007 was not wilful and was due to reasons beyond his control. The petitioner is willing to surrender before the learned Magistrate and seek regular bail. 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 B.A.No.5135/07 2 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 the learned Magistrate. 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].
4. In the result, this bail application 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.
(R.BASANT, JUDGE)jsr // True Copy// PA to Judge B.A.No.5135/07 3 B.A.No.5135/07 4
ORDER21ST DAY OF MAY2007
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