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Bagga Singh Vs. the State of Himachal Pradesh and anr. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectCriminal
CourtHimachal Pradesh High Court
Decided On
Judge
Reported in1977CriLJ301
AppellantBagga Singh
RespondentThe State of Himachal Pradesh and anr.
Cases ReferredState of Himachal Pradesh v. S. Harbans Singh
Excerpt:
- .....under sections 302/201 of the indian penal code.2. a preliminary objection has been taken by the learned counsel for the respondent that the framing of a charge does not amount to the final decision of the case and that this is a proceeding which is purely interlocutory and as such this petition is barred under subsection (2) of section 397 of the code of criminal procedure, 1973.3. the learned counsel for the petitioner on the strength of narain mahton v. mahesh prasad singh, 1975 cri lj 1400 (pat) submits that since the charge was framed in a case which had been pending before the commencement of the new code, therefore, the revision would lie under the old code because the provisions of the old code are saved by section 484 of the new code. but, to me it appears that this submission.....
Judgment:
ORDER

Chet Ram Thakur, J.

1. This revision petition is directed by the petitioner for quashing the charge framed against him on 31-7-1975 by the Additional Sessions Judge, Mandi. He has been charged under Sections 302/201 of the Indian Penal Code.

2. A preliminary objection has been taken by the learned Counsel for the respondent that the framing of a charge does not amount to the final decision of the case and that this is a proceeding which is purely interlocutory and as such this petition is barred under subsection (2) of Section 397 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

3. The learned Counsel for the petitioner on the strength of Narain Mahton v. Mahesh Prasad Singh, 1975 Cri LJ 1400 (Pat) submits that since the charge was framed in a case which had been pending before the commencement of the new Code, therefore, the revision would lie under the old Code because the provisions of the old Code are saved by Section 484 of the new Code. But, to me it appears that this submission is wholly incorrect. A bare perusal of Section 484 of the new Code would reveal that the old Code shall apply to appeal, application, trial, inquiry or investigation pending immediately before the date on which the new Code came into force. It does not save the old Code for purposes of appeals or revisions, etc., to be filed after the commencement of the new Code arising against any proceeding which had been filed in the trial Court before coming into force of the new Code. In my opinion, if I may say so with respect the authority relied upon by the learned Counsel for the petitioner is not correct. Framing of charge as is held in Bhupinder Kumar v. State, 1975 Cri LJ 1185 (Delhi) as also held by this Court in State of Himachal Pradesh v. S. Harbans Singh, 1976 Cri LJ 894 (Him. Pra.) does not decide the question of the guilt or the innocence of the accused. The order merely keeps the proceedings alive. Even if the order framing a charge is treated as an order declining to discharge the accused, even then it does not amount to a final order. Therefore, it being an interlocutory order, by virtue of Sub-section (2) of Section 397 of the new Code, the powers of revision conferred on this Court cannot be exercised in relation to such an interlocutory order and, therefore, the preliminary objection raised by the respondent is upheld and the petition is dismissed on this preliminary score.


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