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Bakshi Vs. Emperor - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
CourtAllahabad
Decided On
Judge
Reported inAIR1924All187; 81Ind.Cas.217
AppellantBakshi
RespondentEmperor
Excerpt:
criminal procedure code (act v of 1898), sections 195, 203 - penal code (act xlv of 1860), sections 182, 211--false information to police--complaint in court--prosecution under section 182--sanction, whether necessary--complaint, dismissal of, on police report, legality of. - - it is interesting to note that the judge who decided this case was one of the judges who had previously decided the case of hardawar pal v......directing the trial court to proceed with, the trial of the accused under, section 182, indian penal code. it appears that the applicant made a report to the police which was alleged to he false and sanction for his prosecution under section 182, indian penal code, was duly granted. the applicant was put on his trial before a magistrate of the second class. this magistrate being of opinion that the evidence disclosed an offence under section 211, indian penal code, which he was incompetent to try, submitted the proceedings to the sub-divisional officer under section 349, criminal procedure code. this officer framed a charge under section 211 indian penal code, but, after but, after the hearing of the case was complete, came to the conclusion that he could not try the accused on this.....
Judgment:

Daniels, J.

1. This is an application for revision of an order of the District Magistrate directing the Trial Court to proceed with, the trial of the accused under, Section 182, Indian Penal Code. It appears that the applicant made a report to the Police which was alleged to he false and sanction for his prosecution under Section 182, Indian Penal Code, was duly granted. The applicant was put on his trial before a Magistrate of the Second Class. This Magistrate being of opinion that the evidence disclosed an offence under Section 211, Indian Penal Code, which he was incompetent to try, submitted the proceedings to the Sub-Divisional Officer under Section 349, Criminal Procedure Code. This officer framed a charge under Section 211 Indian Penal Code, but, after but, after the hearing of the case was complete, came to the conclusion that he could not try the accused on this charge for want of previous sanction by the Court. He, therefore, sent a report'to the Magistrate suggesting that the case should be referred to, the High Court under Section 435, Criminal Procedure Code, with a view that the whole proceedings be quashedv The District Magistrate declined to make a reference, holding that whether sanction to the charge under Section 211, Indian Penal. Code, was required or not, the accused could certainly be tried for an offence under Section 182, Indian-Penal Code, for which he was originally placed on trial, and directed the Trying Magistrate to proceed with the case. Against this order the applicant has come in revision to this Court.

2. Where a false charge is made to the Police and not to a Court, a perusal of Section 195, Criminal Procedure Code; makes it clear that no sanction is required. The Calcutta High Court has, however, held in a series, of cases, of which it is sufficient to mention the case of Tayebullah v. Emperor 36 Ind. Cas. 845 : 43 C. 1152 : 24 C.L. J 134 : 20 C.W.N. 1265 : 18 Cr. L.J. 13 and Brown v. Ananda Lal Mullick 36 Ind. Cas. 857 : 44 C. 650 : 20 C.W.N. 1347 : 25 C.L.J. 59 : 18 Cr. L.J. 25 that where an accused person has gone on to, prefer a complaint in Court, his accusation to the Police must be held to have been made in relation to the proceedings in Court subsequently instituted and that sanction is therefore, necessary. A Bench of this Court in Hardawar Pal v. Emperor 16 Ind. Cas. 510 : 34 A. 522 : 10 A.L.J. 61 : 13 Cr. L.J. 702 was inclined to the same view. Now in this case the accused did subsequently make a complaint in. Court which was dismissed, though the present prosecution has not been based on that complaint, but, as a perusal of the charge-sheet shows, on the original report made at the Police Station on 1st September last. The present case is, however, almost exactly covered by the decision in Mula v. Emperor 49 Ind. Cas. 98 : 17 A.L.J. 32 : 20 Cr. L.J. 114. There also the accused was charged in the first instance under Section 182, Indian Penal Code, before a Magistrate of the Second Class. That Magistrate returned the record to the District Magistrate on the ground that the accused had committed an offence under Section 211, Indian Penal Code, which he was not authorised to try. The District Magistrate, as in this case, directed the trial to proceed. This Court in revision upheld the order on the ground that the accused's having subsequently made a complaint in Court was no bar to the Court's proceeding with the trial of the offence under Section 182, Indian Penal Code. It is interesting to note that the Judge who decided this case was one of the Judges who had previously decided the case of Hardawar Pal v. Emperor 16 Ind. Cas. 510 : 34 A. 522 : 10 A.L.J. 61 : 13 Cr. L.J. 702. In this case the facts alleged by the prosecution, whether they amount to an offence under Section 211, Indian Penal Code, or not, undoubtedly constitute an offence under Section 182, Indian Penal Code. It was in respect of this offence that the present trial was commenced. In my opinion no useful purpose would be served by quashing the present proceedings and requiring the accused to be put on his trial afresh after all the evidence has been recorded.

3. There is one further objection which it is necessary to notice. The complaint which the accused filed in Court was rejected on a Police report without his being given an opportunity to produce his witnesses. This is contrary to the rulings of this Court, but any objection on this score should have been taken at an earlier stage and not when the trial of the accused is practically concluded.

4. For the above reasons I dismiss the present application.


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