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In Re: Eravadu and ors. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectCriminal
CourtChennai High Court
Decided On
Case NumberCriminal Revn. No. 481 and Case Referred No. 22 of 1950
Judge
Reported inAIR1951Mad398; (1950)2MLJ774
ActsCode of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) , 1898 - Sections 380, 438, 439 and 439(5)
AppellantIn Re: Eravadu and ors.
Advocates:Srimathi Padmini Raghavan, Adv. for Public Prosecutor
Cases ReferredPandara v. Emperor
Excerpt:
- - i am satisfied that the evidence isnot such as to warrant a conviction of the accused......i. l. r. (1946) mad. 891: a. i. r. 1945 mad. 302: 47 cr. l. j. 178.2. even so under rule 263, criminal rules of practice, the district magistrate, if he is of opinion that the order of acquittal is wrong, must request the government to prefer an appeal under section 417, criminal p. c., and not report the case to this court for order under rule 438, criminal p. c. further, under section 439, clause (5), criminal p. c., where an appeal lies and no appeal is brought, proceedings by way of revision shall not be entertained at the instance of the party who could have appealed. in this case, the dis-trict magistrate could certainly have requested the government to file an appeal but he did not do so. so under section 439, clause (5), criminal p. c., this reference is not competent. on.....
Judgment:
ORDER

Somasundaram, J.

1. There is no doubt that under Section 380 Criminal P. C., the Joint Magistrate has not power to acquit. Vide Public Prosecutor v. Gurappa Naidu 57 Mad. 85: A. I. R. 1933 Mad. 728 : 34 Cr. L. J. 1045, Piramangaya, Pandara v. Emperor, 1943 M. W. N. Crl. 9: A.I.R. 1943 Mad. 390: 44 Cr. L. J. 668. In re Doraiswami Naidu, I. L. R. (1946) Mad. 891: A. I. R. 1945 Mad. 302: 47 Cr. L. J. 178.

2. Even so under Rule 263, Criminal Rules of Practice, the District Magistrate, if he is of opinion that the order of acquittal is wrong, must request the Government to prefer an appeal under Section 417, Criminal P. C., and not report the case to this Court for order under Rule 438, Criminal P. C. Further, under Section 439, Clause (5), Criminal P. C., where an appeal lies and no appeal is brought, proceedings by way of revision shall not be entertained at the instance of the party who could have appealed. In this case, the Dis-trict Magistrate could certainly have requested the Government to file an appeal but he did not do so. So under Section 439, Clause (5), Criminal P. C., this reference is not competent. On going through the records. I am satisfied that the evidence isnot such as to warrant a conviction of the accused. In this case, I do not wish to interfere with the acquittal.

3. The reference is therefore not accepted.


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