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THOMAS,AGED 45 YEARS v. STATE OF KERALA - Crl MC No. 1551 of 2007  RD-KL 8523 (24 May 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMCrl MC No. 1551 of 2007()
1. THOMAS,AGED 45 YEARS,
1. STATE OF KERALA,
For Petitioner :SRI.K.SUNILKUMAR
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R. BASANT, J.CRL.M.C.NO. 1551 OF 2007
Dated this the 24th day of May, 2007
ORDERThe petitioner faces allegations of having committed the offence punishable under the Kerala Abkari Act. The alleged occurrence had taken place as early as on 22/11/2002. Investigation is pending. The petitioner has not been arrested so far.
2. According to the learned counsel for the petitioner, the petitioner is absolutely innocent. He apprehends that if he surrenders before the learned Magistrate and applies for bail, he may be remanded to custody by the learned Magistrate. It is, in these circumstances, that the petitioner has come to this Court for a direction to the learned Magistrate to release him on bail when he appears before the learned Magistrate.
3. I find absolutely no merit in the prayer for issue of directions under Sec.482 of the Cr.P.C. It is for the petitioner CRL.M.C.NO. 1551 OF 2007 -: 2 :- 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 have no reason to assume that the learned Magistrate would not consider the petitioner's application for regular bail on merits in accordance with law and expeditiously. No special or specific directions appear to be necessary. Every court must do the same. Sufficient general directions on this aspect have already been issued in the decision reported in Alice George v. Deputy Superintendent of Police (2003 (1) KLT 339).
4. In the result, this Crl.M.C. is dismissed; but with the observation that if the petitioner surrenders before the learned Magistrate and seeks 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 and expeditiously - on the date of surrender itself, unless compelling and exceptional reasons are there.
5. Hand over a copy of this order to the learned counsel for the petitioner. Sd/-
(R. BASANT, JUDGE)Nan/ //true copy// P.S. To Judge
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