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Madan Mohan Vs. State - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectCriminal
CourtDelhi High Court
Decided On
Case NumberCriminal Revision Appeal No. 453 of 1967
Judge
Reported in4(1968)DLT31
ActsCode of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) , 1898 - Sections 107
AppellantMadan Mohan
RespondentState
Advocates: L.D. Arora, Adv
Excerpt:
.....on basis of reliable evidence - further, the magistrate should nto proceed without evidence how so far, immoral or obnoxious the conduct of a person might be to the civilized and decent society. - - without reliable evidence that a person is likely to commit a breach of the peace or disturb the public tranquility or to commit a wrongful act that may pro bably occasion a breach of the peace or disturb the public tranquility, it is nto open to a magistrate to proceed under the above section, however ,immoral or abnoxious to civilised and decent society, that person's conduct may amount to be......additional sessions judge, do nto make out any case for a breach of peace or disturbing the public tranquility, with the result that section 107, code of criminal procedure, must be held to be inapplicable. whether or nto an offence under the supression of immoral traffic in woman and girls act has been committed is a question with which i am nto concerned in the present proceedings. the learned public prosecutor, as the order of the learned additional session:-, judge shows, had ntohing to say against the inapplicability of section 107, criminal procedure code. in this court also, no one has cared to appear for the state. section 107, criminal procedure code, it may be remembered, is a preventive provision intended to arm the authorities concerned to take effective steps for.....
Judgment:

I.D. Dua, C.J.

(1) This case has been forwarded by the learned Additional Sessions judge, Delhi with a recommendation that the proceedings initiated against Madan Mohan under section 107, Code of Criminal Procedure, be quashed

(2) It appears that on receipt of same information that the petitioner Madan Mohan was keeping a Bengali girl at his residence 10-X, Chitter Gupta Road for purposds of immoral traffic, the D. S. P. Pahar Ganj organized a raid party and actually recovered a Bengali girl. named Rekha alias Shanti from the petitioner's house. These facts according to the learned Additional Sessions Judge, do nto make out any case for a breach of peace or disturbing the public tranquility, with the result that section 107, Code of Criminal Procedure, must be held to be inapplicable. Whether or nto an offence under the Supression of Immoral Traffic in Woman and Girls Act has been committed is a question with which I am nto concerned in the present proceedings. The learned Public Prosecutor, as the order of the learned Additional Session:-, Judge shows, had ntohing to say against the inapplicability of section 107, Criminal Procedure Code. In this Court also, no one has cared to appear for the State. Section 107, Criminal Procedure Code, it may be remembered, is a preventive provision intended to arm the authorities concerned to take effective steps for keeping peace. Without reliable evidence that a person is likely to commit a breach of the peace or disturb the public tranquility or to commit a wrongful act that may pro bably occasion a breach of the peace or disturb the public tranquility, it is nto open to a Magistrate to proceed under the above section, however , immoral or abnoxious to civilised and decent society, that person's conduct may amount to be. This rule of guidence draws its vitality from the recognised principle of our criminal jurisprudent penal action must be justified by some provision of law which is attracted beyond reasonable doubt in the facts established. To order security to be furnished is obviously a penal action in this respect. Security procedings is a part of judicial process and thereforee, attract a judicial approach, though in their initiation, administrative considerations do play a considerable part. But administrative considerations should nto completely eclipse the judicial process. 1. however, must nto be understood to lay down that running a brtoher keeping a girl for immoral traffic may, as a matter of law, never attract section 107 Criminal Procedure Code, for, there may conceivably be cases where on the evidence this section would be attracted and action there under fully justified. The present does nto Stem to me to be such a case.

(3) Agreeing with the recommendation, thereforee, I allow this re ision and quash the procedings section 107, Code of Criminal procedure, against Madan Mohan, petitioner.


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