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Sulav Chandra Das Vs. Emperor - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
CourtKolkata
Decided On
Judge
Reported in123Ind.Cas.246
AppellantSulav Chandra Das
RespondentEmperor
Cases ReferredAbdul Rashid v. Momtaz
Excerpt:
criminal procedure code (act v of 1898), section 437 - revision--absence of palpable errors--order for further enquiry. - .....justice that the case should be further enquired into.' we have gone through the judgment of the trial magistrate and find that the trial magistrate has carefully scanned the evidence and come to the conclusion that the case against the accused is at least very doubtful. it is not necessary for us to discuss the evidence and the learned district magistrate has not done so; but we are of opinion that the view taken by the trial magistrate cannot be held to be unjustifiable. though it may be conceded in view of the full bench decision in hari dass sanyal v. saritulla 15 c. 608 : 13 ind. jur. 55 that a revising court has jurisdiction to order a further enquiry on the same materials, a superior court, as has been pointed out in abdul rashid v. momtaz : air1924cal229 should hesitate before.....
Judgment:

1. This Rule is directed against an order of the District Magistrate of Goalpara, dated the 12th February, 1929, ordering further enquiry into the case in which the petitioner was charged under Section 380, Indian Penal Code. The only ground that the Magistrate found for further enquiry is stated by him in these words: 'With regard to the evidence, the contention that the learned Magistrate has taken an entirely wrong view of the evidence with the result that there has been a miscarriage of justice appears to be not without foundation. I consider it desirable in the interests of justice that the case should be further enquired into.' We have gone through the judgment of the trial Magistrate and find that the trial Magistrate has carefully scanned the evidence and come to the conclusion that the case against the accused is at least very doubtful. It is not necessary for us to discuss the evidence and the learned District Magistrate has not done so; but we are of opinion that the view taken by the trial Magistrate cannot be held to be unjustifiable. Though it may be conceded in view of the Full Bench decision in Hari Dass Sanyal v. Saritulla 15 C. 608 : 13 Ind. Jur. 55 that a revising Court has jurisdiction to order a further enquiry on the same materials, a superior Court, as has been pointed out in Abdul Rashid v. Momtaz : AIR1924Cal229 should hesitate before exercising its power under Section 437, Criminal Procedure Code, to order further enquiry unless there are palpable errors in the decision of the lower Court. The District Magistrate has not given any indication in his judgment that there have been such palpable errors in the judgment of the trial Magistrate as to justify him in holding it to be wrong. We think that this is a case in which further enquiry is not necessary. We accordingly make the Rule absolute and set aside the order of the District Magistrate.


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