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Rajani Benode Chakravarti Vs. All India Banking and Insurance Co. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectCriminal
CourtKolkata
Decided On
Judge
Reported in(1914)ILR41Cal305
AppellantRajani Benode Chakravarti
RespondentAll India Banking and Insurance Co.
Excerpt:
jurisdiction - trial--high court--power to determine venue when several courts have concurrent local jurisdiction--absence of any doubt as to which court has such jurisdiction--interference on the ground of convenience only--criminal procedure code (act v of 1898), section 185. - .....and chapman, jj.1. the petitioners in this case; who live in chittagong, are being prosecuted at lahore for offences under sections 409, 420, 467 and 477 of the indian penal code, at the instance of the all-india banking and insurance company, limited, of lahore, in respect of transactions between the parties. the company's case is that, under the terms and conditions of the agency entered into between the petitioners and the company, all accounts had to be rendered, and all moneys collected had to be paid by the petitioners, to the company at its head office at lahore, and that being so, the offences alleged are triable at lahore. the petitioners in their petition aver that the offences, if any were committed within the jurisdiction of the district magistrate of chittagong, and they.....
Judgment:

Imam and Chapman, JJ.

1. The petitioners in this case; who live in Chittagong, are being prosecuted at Lahore for offences under Sections 409, 420, 467 and 477 of the Indian Penal Code, at the instance of the All-India Banking and Insurance Company, Limited, of Lahore, in respect of transactions between the parties. The Company's case is that, under the terms and conditions of the agency entered into between the petitioners and the Company, all accounts had to be rendered, and all moneys collected had to be paid by the petitioners, to the Company at its head office at Lahore, and that being so, the offences alleged are triable at Lahore. The petitioners in their petition aver that the offences, if any were committed within the jurisdiction of the District Magistrate of Chittagong, and they by their present application ask us to decide, under Section 185 of the Criminal Procedure Code, as to which Court should try the case. The learned Counsel on behalf of the petitioners has mostly pressed us to consider the question of convenience and to decide in favour of the trial being held at Chittagong. We do not think that Section 185 warrants interference by this Court merely upon the ground of convenience. The decision of the High Court, within the local limits of whose appellate jurisdiction the offender actually is, can only be sought when a doubt arises as to the Court by which an offence should be enquired into or tried. To our mind, there is no doubt that, on the allegations of the prosecution, the Courts at Chittagong and Lahore are equally competent to exercise jurisdiction in this matter. We have no doubtful question to decide, and in tills view this Rule must be discharged.


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