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EPIC ROAD CARRIERS (P) LTD. v. SUNNY C. CHACKO - Crl Rev Pet No. 3120 of 2007  RD-KL 16397 (23 August 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMCrl Rev Pet No. 3120 of 2007()
1. EPIC ROAD CARRIERS (P) LTD.,
2. M.M.PONNAPPA,MANAGING DIRECTOR,
3. SUNNY MATHEW,DIRECTOR,
1. SUNNY C. CHACKO,
2. STATE OF KERALA,
For Petitioner :SRI.M.P.MADHAVANKUTTY
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice V.RAMKUMAR
O R D E R
V. RAMKUMAR, J.```````````````````````````````````````````````````` Crl. R.P. No. 3120 OF 2007 ````````````````````````````````````````````````````
Dated this the 23rd day of August, 2007
O R D E RIn this Revision filed under Section 397 read with Sec. 401 Cr.P.C. the petitioners who were the accused in C.C. No.804/2003 on the file of the J.F.C.M.-III, Kottayam, challenge the conviction entered and the sentence passed against them for an offence punishable under Sec. 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (hereinafter referred to as 'the Act').
2. I heard the learned counsel for the Revision Petitioners and the learned Public Prosecutor.
3. The learned counsel appearing for the Revision Petitioners re-iterated the contentions in support of the Revision. The courts below have concurrently held that the cheque in question was drawn by the revision petitioners in favour of the complainant on the drawee bank, that the cheque was validly presented to the bank, that it was dishonoured for reasons which fall under Section 138 of the Act, that the complainant made a demand for payment by a notice in time in accordance with clause (b) of the proviso to Section 138 of the Act and that the Revision Petitioners/accused failed to make the payment within 15 days of receipt of the statutory notice. Both the courts have considered and rejected the defence set up by the revision petitioners while entering the above finding. The said finding has been recorded Crl.R.P.No.3120/07 on an appreciation of the oral and documentary evidence. I do not find any error, illegality or impropriety in the finding so recorded concurrently by the courts below. The conviction was thus rightly entered against the petitioners.
4. What now survives for consideration is the question as to whether a proper sentence has been imposed on the Revision Petitioners. I am, however, inclined to modify the sentence imposed on the revision petitioners provided they comply with the condition hereinafter mentioned. Accordingly, if the revision petitioners pay to the 1st respondent complainant by way of compensation under section 357 (3) Cr.P.C. a sum of Rs.50,000/- (Rupees fifty thousand only) within four months from today, then they need to undergo only imprisonment till the rising of the court. If on the other hand, the revision petitioners commit default in making the payment as aforesaid, they shall undergo simple imprisonment for three months by way of default sentence. Money, if any, paid by the revision petitioners pursuant to the orders, if any, passed by the lower appellate court shall be refunded to the revision petitioners. This Revision is disposed of confirming the conviction but modifying the sentence as above.
(V. RAMKUMAR, JUDGE)aks
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