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In Re: Veerasikku and anr. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectCriminal
CourtChennai High Court
Decided On
Judge
Reported in1971CriLJ770
AppellantIn Re: Veerasikku and anr.
Excerpt:
- .....licence to deal is such commodity. they were convicted under clause i (1) of the madras paddy and rice dealers licensing and regulation order of 1968 read with section 7 (1) (a) (ii) of the essen. tial commodities act. mr. sriramulu's argu. ment is that neither the driver nor the cleaner (neither a-1 nor a-2) could be a 'dealer' within the meaning of clause 3 (o) of the madras paddy and rice dealers licensing and regulation order of 1968, for they are not engaged in the business ol purohase or movement or sale or storage for bale of paddy or ride in quantity of two quintals or more at any one time in the state, learned public prosecutor oonoeded tha said position in law by reason of the significant phrase in the definition clause ''dealer', viz,, 'in the business of movement,'' a single.....
Judgment:
ORDER

K.N. Mudaliyar, J.

1. Briefly the facts are : Both the accused 1 and 2 are the petitioners. They are the driver and cleaner of the lorry bearing No. M DA 3952 respectively. They Carried 56 bags of rice from Madurai to Kambam on 20-7-1968 without any permit or licence to deal is such commodity. They were convicted under Clause i (1) of the Madras Paddy and Rice Dealers Licensing and Regulation Order of 1968 read with Section 7 (1) (a) (ii) of the Essen. tial Commodities Act. Mr. Sriramulu's argu. ment is that neither the driver nor the cleaner (neither A-1 nor A-2) could be a 'dealer' within the meaning of Clause 3 (o) of the Madras Paddy and Rice Dealers Licensing and Regulation Order of 1968, for they are not engaged in the business ol purohase or movement or sale or storage for Bale of paddy or ride in quantity of two quintals or more at any one time in the State, Learned Public Prosecutor oonoeded tha said position in law by reason of the significant phrase in the definition clause ''dealer', viz,, 'in the business of movement,'' A single transaction would not constitute the business of move, ment, and therefore it cannot be said that the two petitioners engaged themselves in the business of movement for the sale of paddy or rice. On this shot- ground, the two petitioners are entitled to the benefit of doubt.

2. The revision petition is allowed and the petitioners are acquitted. The fine amount, if already paid by A.I.R is directed to be refund, ed to the first petitioner The order of confiscation is set aside and the proceeds of confiscated property shall be returned to A-1.


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