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In Re: Marutha Pillai - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectCriminal
CourtChennai
Decided On
Judge
Reported inAIR1916Mad1226(1); 30Ind.Cas.158
AppellantIn Re: Marutha Pillai
Excerpt:
madras abkari act (i of 1886) - arrack--possession of arrack below normal strength--offence. - - it is common ground that a depot-keeper like the accused is allowed to have arrack of u......ground that a depot-keeper like the accused is allowed to have arrack of u.p. 32 degrees. when the cask was examined on the 16th january 1914, the arrack in it was of the strength of u.p., 32'5. the question for decision is whether this weakening in the strength of the arrach to the extent of five pints is due to dilution. exhibit a, the license in the case, shows that it is possible that arrack may lose strength to the extent of one degree from natural causes. further, when the assistant commissioner sealed the cask on the 28th april 1914, he found the arrack to be u. p. 314. when the cask was produced in court and examined on the 23rd july it was found to be 318. there is no suggestion that the seals were tampered with between these two dates. it has also to be remembered that there.....
Judgment:
ORDER

Seshagiri Aiyar, J.

1. I am unable to uphold the conviction in this case. It is common ground that a depot-keeper like the accused is allowed to have arrack of U.P. 32 degrees. When the cask was examined on the 16th January 1914, the arrack in it was of the strength of U.P., 32'5. The question for decision is whether this weakening in the strength of the arrach to the extent of five pints is due to dilution. Exhibit A, the license in the case, shows that it is possible that arrack may lose strength to the extent of one degree from natural causes. Further, when the Assistant Commissioner sealed the cask on the 28th April 1914, he found the arrack to be U. P. 314. When the cask was produced in Court and examined on the 23rd July it was found to be 318. There is no suggestion that the seals were tampered with between these two dates. It has also to be remembered that there had been heavy sales before the date of the offence. It is more likely that the difference of live pints was due to constant exposure cm account of the frequent sales. I think the accused is at least entitled to the benefit of the doubt arising in this case.

2. The conviction against him is reversed, the line, if already paid, will be refunded. The cask will be returned to the accused; if it has been sold, its price should be paid to him.


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