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UDAYAKUMAR, AGED 35, S/O.GOPINATHAN v. STATE OF KERALA - Crl MC No. 630 of 2007  RD-KL 5070 (8 March 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMCrl MC No. 630 of 2007()
1. UDAYAKUMAR, AGED 35, S/O.GOPINATHAN,
1. STATE OF KERALA,
For Petitioner :SMT.R.PADMAKUMARI
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R. BASANT, J.CRL.M.C.NOs.630 & 632 OF 2007
Dated this the 8th day of March, 2007
ORDERThe common petitioner is the 1st accused in two committal proceedings pending before the Judicial Magistrate of the First Class, Kattakada. In those proceedings, allegations are raised against the petitioner in respect of the unnatural death of his wife. One proceeding is initiated on the basis of a police report, the other is initiated on the basis of a private complaint. Altogether, there were four accused persons. Accused 2 to 4 have already been found not guilty and acquitted, it is submitted. The death of the wife of the petitioner took place as early as in 1994. The petitioner was not available for trial. He has now surrendered before the learned Magistrate. He has been enlarged on bail. The petitioner has now come to this Court with these Crl.M.C. with a prayer that there may be a direction under Sec.482 of the Cr.P.C. for expeditious completion of the proceedings.
2. The petitioner was not available for trial. He had CRL.M.C.NOs.630 & 632 OF 2007 -: 2 :- surrendered before the court long later in 2007. The petitioner now wants the proceedings against him to be disposed of expeditiously as he has to return to his place of employment abroad within a period of 45 days.
3. The petitioner's conduct of not making himself available before the court earlier may be condemnable. But that does not militate against the requirement that the proceedings which commenced in respect of the incident which took place in 1994 has got disposed of expeditiously. In the circumstances of this case, I do not intend to fix any time limit. I need only express my opinion that it will only be appropriate for the learned Magistrate to complete the committal proceedings as expeditiously as possible. The learned Sessions Judge must also take note of the date of the incident i.e., in 1994 and take necessary action for expeditious disposal.
4. These Crl.M.Cs. are, in these circumstances, dismissed; but with the above specific observations regarding the need for expeditious disposal. Sd/-
(R. BASANT, JUDGE)HO Nan/ //true copy// P.S. To Judge.
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