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KUNJUMON S/O TITUS v. STATE OF KERALA - Bail Appl No. 5538 of 2007  RD-KL 17397 (17 September 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMBail Appl No. 5538 of 2007()
1. KUNJUMON S/O TITUS,
1. STATE OF KERALA,
For Petitioner :SRI.SUMAN CHAKRAVARTHY
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R.BASANT, J.B.A.No.5538 of 2007
Dated this the 17th day of September 2007
O R D E RApplication for anticipatory bail. The petitioner faces allegations under the Kerala Abkari Act. Investigation is complete. Final report has already been filed. Cognizance has been taken by the learned Magistrate. Summons has been issued after taking cognizance. The petitioner has not been arrested so far. He apprehends that when he appears and applies for bail, 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 438 Cr.P.C. may be issued to the learned Magistrate to release the petitioner on bail when he appears and applies for bail. The petitioner further submits that there is no worthwhile allegations also against the petitioner.
2. I am of the opinion that it is for the petitioner to appear before the learned Magistrate and seek regular bail. I find absolutely no reason to invoke the extraordinary equitable discretion under Section 438 Cr.P.C. I have no reason to assume that the learned Magistrate would not consider the application B.A.No.5538/07 2 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].
3. 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.
4. Needless to say, the petitioner's application for regular bail will have to be considered by the learned Magistrate on merits under Section 437 Cr.P.C in the light of the dictum in Sukumari v. State of Kerala [2001(1)KLT 22]).
(R.BASANT, JUDGE)jsr // True Copy// PA to Judge B.A.No.5538/07 3 B.A.No.5538/07 4
ORDER21ST DAY OF MAY2007
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