S. Murtaza Fazal Ali, J.
1. Fourteen persons were charged under Sections 147, 148, 302/149, 395 and 396 of Indian Penal Code and tried by the 3rd Additional Sessions Judge, Thana who acquitted all the accused persons holding that the prosecution case was not proved. Thereafter, the State filed an appeal in the High Court of Bombay against the acquittal of the accused. The High Court allowed the appeal and reversed the acquittal of accused Nos. 1, 2, 4, 6 and 10 and convicted them as follows :
Accused 4 under Sections 147 and 148 IPC sentenced to three years' rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 500/-, in default to three months' rigorous imprisonment.
Under Sections 147 and 148 IPC sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 1,000/- in default three months rigorous imprisonment.
Under Sections 395/149 IPC sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 1,000/, in default six months rigorous imprisonment.
Accused 6 & 10 sentenced under Sections 147 and 148 IPC to three years rigorous imprisonment.
Under Sections 147 and 148 sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 1,000/, in default three months rigorous imprisonment.
Under Sections 395/149 IPC sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment & a lac of Rs. 5,00/-, in default, three months rigorous imprisonment.
Accused 1 and 2 sentenced under Sections 147 and 148 IPC to three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. l,000/-, in default three months rigorous imprisonment.
2. All the substantive sentences of imprisonment were directed to run concurrently. The High Court also gave a direction that out of the fine, if realized, half of the amount was to be paid to PW Yakub and his father Umar, the victims of the crime, to be divided equally between them The appellants have come up by special leave to this Court against the judgment of she High Court referred to above. We have heard learned Counsel for the appellant and Mr. Nain for the Stale. We have gone through the judgment of the High Court. The entire case rests on the evidence of PW Yakub, whose evidence is sought to be corroborated by his brother Haji We find that so far as the charge of decoity is concerned there is no mention of the fact of any property having been looted by the accused in the evidence of Yakub which he gave in court although this face was mentioned in the FIR which he lodged about eight days after the occurrance. As the substantive evidence of Yakub does not at all refer to the allegations that the accused persons had looted away the articles or moveables of the victims, so the appellants cannot be convicted under Sections 395/149. It is, however, clear from the evidence of Yakub as also of the statement in the FIR that when the appellants surrounded Yakub and his party extorted a sum of Rs. 300/- as price for sparing them and that this amount was paid to the appellants. In these circumstances we would alter the conviction of the appellants from one under Sections 395/149 to that under Sections 384/149, maintaining the fine. The convictions under other counts are upheld. In the facts and circumstances of this case we reduce the sentences of the appellants under all the counts to the period already served, maintaining the respective fines. We further direct that cut of the fine, if realised, the entire amount shall be paid to Yakub, PW and his father Umar in equal shares. After the fine is paid by the appellants unless the same his not been paid already, the appellants will be discharged from their bail bonds. Wish this modification the appeal is dismissed.