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SANTHOSH, S/O.SASIDHARAN, AGED 27 YEARS v. THE SATION HOUSE OFFICER - Crl MC No. 560 of 2007 [2007] RD-KL 4815 (6 March 2007)

IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAM

Crl MC No. 560 of 2007()

1. SANTHOSH, S/O.SASIDHARAN, AGED 27 YEARS,
... Petitioner

Vs

1. THE SATION HOUSE OFFICER,
... Respondent

2. THE DISTRICT COLLECTOR,

For Petitioner :SRI.C.V.BIMAL ROY

For Respondent : No Appearance

The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT

Dated :06/03/2007

O R D E R

R. BASANT, J.

CRL.M.C.NO. 560 OF 2007

Dated this the 6th day of March, 2007

ORDER

The petitioner claims to be the owner of a lorry seized by the police on the allegation that it was involved in illicit transportation of river sand in violation of the provisions of the Kerala Protection of River Banks and Regulation of Removal of Sand Act, 2001 (for short `the Act'). The vehicle was not produced before the learned Magistrate. When an application was filed for release of the vehicle, notice was given and the seizure was reported to the learned Magistrate. It was submitted that the vehicle had been produced before the District Collector under the relevant provisions of the Act and Rules. The learned Magistrate rejected the application on the short ground that the vehicle is reported to be produced before the District Collector.

2. The learned Public Prosecutor, on instructions, submits that no orders have been passed by the District Collector in the matter so far. I am, in these circumstances, CRL.M.C.NO. 560 OF 2007 -: 2 :- satisfied that the vehicle can be released to the owner entitled to possession thereof subject to appropriate conditions.

3. In the result, this Crl.M.C. is allowed. The impugned order is set aside. It is directed that the vehicle shall be released to the petitioner on condition that:

(i) the petitioner produces all necessary documents to show that he is the owner of the lorry entitled to possession of the vehicle; (ii) the owner of the vehicle executes a bond for such amount as may be fixed by the learned Magistrate considering the value of the vehicle with two solvent sureties each for the like sum to the satisfaction of the learned Magistrate; (iii) the petitioner in the bond undertakes to pay such amount as may be imposed on him by the District Collector in proceedings under Rule 27(3) of the Kerala Protection of River Banks and Regulation of Removal of Sand Rules, subject, of course, to his right to challenge the order in accordance with law.

(R. BASANT, JUDGE)

Nan/ CRL.M.C.NO. 560 OF 2007 -: 3 :-


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