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Thammanna Alias Lingai Goundan and ors. Vs. King-emperor - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectCriminal
CourtChennai
Decided On
Reported in(1905)15MLJ373
AppellantThammanna Alias Lingai Goundan and ors.
RespondentKing-emperor
Excerpt:
- .....of section 436, criminal procedure code, are explicit, but have not been observed by the district magistrate. the offence with which the accused were charged is not one triable exclusively by the court of sessions. the district magistrate therefore had no power under section 436 to direct the sub-divisional magistrate to commit the accused for trial. in any case the district magistrate should have given the accused an opportunity of showing cause before himself why the commitment should not be made. the opportunity given to show cause before the assistant magistrate cannot be regarded as a compliance with the law, though the assistant magistrate forwarded a statement of the accused to the district magistrate. we set aside the commitment, and the order of the district.....
Judgment:
ORDER

1. The provisions of Section 436, Criminal Procedure Code, are explicit, but have not been observed by the District Magistrate. The offence with which the accused were charged is not one triable exclusively by the Court of Sessions. The District Magistrate therefore had no power under Section 436 to direct the Sub-Divisional Magistrate to commit the accused for trial. In any case the District Magistrate should have given the accused an opportunity of showing cause before himself why the commitment should not be made. The opportunity given to show cause before the Assistant Magistrate cannot be regarded as a compliance with the law, though the Assistant Magistrate forwarded a statement of the accused to the District Magistrate. We set aside the commitment, and the order of the District Magistrate, directing the commitment to be made.

2. It is open to the District Magistrate to pass fresh orders on the complainant's petition in accordance with law under Section 436 or 437, Criminal Procedure Code.


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