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Moti Ram Hari Vs. Emperor - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
CourtMumbai
Decided On
Judge
Reported inAIR1925Bom195; 89Ind.Cas.527
AppellantMoti Ram Hari
RespondentEmperor
Excerpt:
penal code (act xlv of 1860), section 401 - previous conviction for dacoity--evidence, whether relevant--value of such evidence. - .....cr. l.j. 539. and of the calcutta high court in bonai v. emperor 9 ind. cas. 555 : 38 c. 408 : 15 c.w.n. 461 : 12 cr. l.j. 97; and we see no reason to take a different view. but, as regards the weight to be attached to this piece of evidence, i think that the conviction was so long ago that it is useless except for showing that accused no. 1 is a person of criminal tendencies to theft who might be a member of the alleged gang. it certainly does not go to show that he had any habit of committing thefts in -the period under consideration, for he might have reformed since he was released from jail.
Judgment:

1. * * * As to (1), objection was taken to Ex. 360, which is a certified copy of the judgment of the Sessions Judge, dated December 16, 1897, under which accused No.1, Motiram was convicted of dacoity under Section 395 of the Indian Penal Code and sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment. It is clear, however, that this evidence was admissible under the rulings of this Court in Emperor v. Tukaram Malhari 15 Ind. Cas. 811 : 14 Bom. L.R. 373 : 13. Cr. L.J. 539. and of the Calcutta High Court in Bonai v. Emperor 9 Ind. Cas. 555 : 38 C. 408 : 15 C.W.N. 461 : 12 Cr. L.J. 97; and we see no reason to take a different view. But, as regards the weight to be attached to this piece of evidence, I think that the conviction was so long ago that it is useless except for showing that accused No. 1 is a person of criminal tendencies to theft who might be a member of the alleged gang. It certainly does not go to show that he had any habit of committing thefts in -the period under consideration, for he might have reformed since he was released from Jail.


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