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Emperor (Through Jagmohan Dom) Vs. Bahawal Singh - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
CourtAllahabad
Decided On
Judge
Reported in43Ind.Cas.108
AppellantEmperor (Through Jagmohan Dom)
RespondentBahawal Singh
Excerpt:
criminal procedure code (act v of 1898), section 250 - information of offence given by one person, to another with view to prosecution--compensation, liability for. - - he does not given any grounds for his belief or opinion, section 250 says that 'if in any case instituted upon information given to a magistrate, a person is accused of any offense before a magistrate and the magistrate by whom the case is heard discharges or acquits him and is satisfied that the accusation against him was frivolous, or vexatious, the magistrate may, in his discretion, direct the person upon whose information the accusation teas made to pay compensation to the accused. it clearly, therefore, was upon his information that, the accusation against the constable was made in court before the trying magistrate......of rs. 10. the revd. g. spooner made an enquiry on his account and then reported the matter to the district magistrate. the district magistrate thereupon directed the prosecution of, the constable. the court trying the, case found the charge frivolous, acquitted the accused, and directed jagmohan to pay compensation. the magistrate in his reference merely states that the order does not appear to him to be legal. he does not given any grounds for his belief or opinion, section 250 says that 'if in any case instituted upon information given to a magistrate, a person is accused of any offense before a magistrate and the magistrate by whom the case is heard discharges or acquits him and is satisfied that the accusation against him was frivolous, or vexatious, the magistrate may, in his.....
Judgment:

Tudball, J.

1. The District Magistrate of Benares has referred the case to this Court with the recommendation that the order passed under Section 250 of the Criminal Procedure Code, directing Jagmohan Dom, to pay Rs. 10 as compensation to the Police constable, be set aside. Jagmohan Dom gave information to the Revd. G. Spooner of the Wesleyan Mission to the effect that, the accused constable had extorted from, him the sum of Rs. 10. The Revd. G. Spooner made an enquiry on his account and then reported the matter to the District Magistrate. The District Magistrate thereupon directed the prosecution of, the constable. The Court trying the, case found the charge frivolous, acquitted the accused, and directed Jagmohan to pay compensation. The Magistrate in his reference merely states that the order does not appear to him to be legal. He does not given any grounds for his belief or opinion, Section 250 says that 'if in any case instituted upon information given to a Magistrate, a person is accused of any offense before a Magistrate and the Magistrate by whom the case is heard discharges or acquits him and is satisfied that the accusation against him was frivolous, or vexatious, the Magistrate may, in his discretion, direct the person upon whose information the accusation teas made to pay compensation to the accused.' The question, therefore, is whether it was upon the information of Jagmohan Dora that the accusation against the constable was made The information in the present case, no doubt, was conveyed to the District Magistrate through the Revd. G. Spooner. If Jagmohan Dom gave the information to the Missionary with the intention that it. should be conveyed to the District Magistrate with a view to a prosecution, then cbarly Jagmohan Dom was the person upon whose information the accusation was made. The mere fact that he utilised the Missionary for the purpose of conveying the information to the District Magistrate cannot protect him. If, on the other hand, be merely in conversation told the Missionary about the case without any desire-for or view to a subsequent prosecution or to the conveyance of the information to the District Magistrate, then he was hardly liable for the intervention of a busy body who took it upon himself to make a complaint to the District Magistrate. In this later circumstance, it would be the Revd. G. Spooner who would be liable to pay compensation. I have examined the letter sent by the Missionary to the District Magistrate, and that letter is sufficient to show that Jagmohan did intend to make a complaint with a view to securing the punishment of the constable. It clearly, therefore, was upon his information that, the accusation against the constable was made in Court before the Trying Magistrate. In these circumstances I do not think that the order passed was illegal. Let the record be returned.


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