Somnath Ayyar, J.
1. The petitioner who was a police constable in the Chickballapur town police station, was charged with misconduct in a disciplinary proceeding which was commenced against him. The allegation against him was that he infringed the provisions of the Prohibition Act and misbehaved with a merchant of Chickballapur town on February 14, 1964. It transpires that in respect of the offence stated to have been committed under the Mysore Prohibition Act, the sub-inspector registered a case against the petitioner under S. 76 of the Act, although no prosecution in respect of that offence has yet commenced.
2. We are told that the petitioner declined to participate in the disciplinary proceeding on the ground that there was an impending criminal prosecution against him in respect of the same matter. In consequence the disciplinary proceeding has proceeded ex parte up to a particular stage.
3. The argument maintained by Sri Rama Jois on behalf of the petitioner is that the contemplated criminal prosecution is an impediment to the commencement of a disciplinary proceeding. It was said that the evidence which was proposed to be produced against the petitioner in the disciplinary proceeding was identical with the evidence by which the offence under S. 76 of the Mysore Prohibition Act could be proved and there could not be a parallel disciplinary proceeding.
4. This postulate is plainly unsupportable. What constitutes an impediment to a disciplinary proceeding is an acquittal in a criminal prosecution in respect of the same charge. If there be no such acquittal and even if a criminal prosecution has commended and is continuing, a disciplinary proceeding in respect of an accusation which forms the subject-matter of the charge in the criminal Court is not forbidden and can be commenced and concluded so long as the prosecution has not ended in an acquittal. That is the principle clearly emerging from the decision of the Supreme Court in Delhi Cloth and General Mills v. Kushal Bhan [1960 - I L.L.J. 520].
5. We dismiss this writ petition.
6. No costs.