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The Empress Vs. Gangadhur Bhunjo and ors. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectCriminal
CourtKolkata
Decided On
Judge
Reported in(1878)ILR3Cal622
AppellantThe Empress
RespondentGangadhur Bhunjo and ors.
Cases ReferredQueen v. Nadi Chanel Poddar
Excerpt:
stamp act (xviii of 1869), sections 29, 43 - procedure--magistrate authorized to prosecute. - prinsep, j.1. these cases have been submitted to us by the sessions judge of midnapore, because sentences of fine have been imposed by the magistrate of the division of contai for breaches of the stamp law contrary to the rule laid down in the case of the queen v. nadi chanel poddar 24 w.r. cr. rul. 1.2. it appears that the collector authorized this officer, under section 43 of the stamp act, to institute and conduct the prosecution in these cases. under these circumstances we think that he was not competent also to try them. any possible inconvenience might have been obviated by the collector's employing the government pleader or some other person to conduct the prosecution under section 43. we quash the convictions and sentences, and direct that the fines, if paid, be refunded.
Judgment:

Prinsep, J.

1. These cases have been submitted to us by the Sessions Judge of Midnapore, because sentences of fine have been imposed by the Magistrate of the Division of Contai for breaches of the stamp law contrary to the rule laid down in the case of the Queen v. Nadi Chanel Poddar 24 W.R. Cr. Rul. 1.

2. It appears that the Collector authorized this officer, under Section 43 of the Stamp Act, to institute and conduct the prosecution in these cases. Under these circumstances we think that he was not competent also to try them. Any possible inconvenience might have been obviated by the Collector's employing the Government pleader or some other person to conduct the prosecution under Section 43. We quash the convictions and sentences, and direct that the fines, if paid, be refunded.


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