1. This is an appeal from an order of the Additional Judge of Basti granting sanction for the prosecution of the appellants for offences punishable under Sections 471 and 193 of the Indian Penal Code. The appeal, being one from an order passed under Section 195 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, should be deemed to be an appeal under that Code and thus a criminal appeal. It should have been registered as such and I have heard it as a criminal appeal. It appears that a suit was brought on a bond in the Court of the Munsif of Basti. In the course of that suit, the appellants produced the original bond, which was the basis of the claim, with an endorsement on it purporting to be an endorsement of payment of the amount due upon the bond. Witnesses were examined to support the endorsement. The Court of first instance held that the endorsement was a forgery. An appeal was preferred and was heard by the Additional Judge of Basti. He also was of opinion that the endorsement was forged and the evidence given in support of it was false. He affirmed the decree of the Court of first instance. An appeal preferred to this Court was, I am informed, dismissed under the provisions of Order XLI, Rule 11 of the Code of Civil Procedure. After these proceedings in the Civil Court, the plaintiffs to the suit made an application to the Additional Judge of Basti for sanction to prosecute the present appellant and on this application, the order giving sanction now complained of, was made.
2. It is urged on behalf of the appellants that the Additional Judge of Basti had no jurisdiction to give the sanction asked for. In my opinion, this contention is untenable. The document which was found to be forged was given in evidence in the suit which in the stage of appeal was pending in the Court of the Additional Judge. It war, thus, given in evidence in a proceeding in the Court of the Additional Judge. Similarly, the false evidence was given in a proceeding which was pending in the stage of appeal in the Additional Judge's Court. Therefore, under Clauses (b) and (c) of Section 195, the learned Additional Judge was competent to sanction the prosecution of the appellants. It is true that the document was not produced in his Court but it was given in evidence in the appeal which was pending in that Court. That appeal was certainly a proceeding within the meaning of Section 195. The Additional Judge had, therefore, jurisdiction to make the order appealed against and this appeal must fail. I accordingly dismiss it.