Allahabad High Court Judgement

Allahabad High Court Judgement

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JUDGEMENT HEADLINE : Application For Condonation Of Delay Not To Be Allowed If There Are Latches On The Part Of Applicant..
JUDGEMENT TITLE : Laxmi Devi Vs. State Of U.P. & Others. On 08/05/2006 By Allahabad High Court
CASE NO : CRIMINAL REVISION DEFECTIVE NO. 427 OF 2003
CORAM : Hon'ble Raghunath Kishore Rastogi,J.

HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT ALLAHABAD

Reserved



Criminal Misc. Application No. 204138 Of 2003
In
Criminal Revision No. 427 Of 2003

Laxmi Devi ....Vs.... State Of U.P. And Others




Hon'ble R.K.Rastogi,J

This Is An Application Under Section 5 Of The Limitation Act For Condoning Delay In Filing Revision Against The Judgment And Order Dated 28.7.2003 Passed By Sri Mahipat Singh Verma Then C.J.M. Kaushambi In Criminal Case No. 1461of 2002 ( State Vs. Rajesh And Others Arising Out Of Case Crime No. 115/2001 Police Station Sarai Akil District Kaushambi Under Sections 452, 354, 323, 504, 506 I.P.C.
The Facts Relevant For Disposal Of This Application Are That On On 7.9.01 The Applicant Smt. Laxmi Devi Moved An Application Before The District Magistrate, Kaushambi Alleging That She Resides At Village Khoya P.S. Sarai Akil District Kaushambi. Her Daughter Seema Devi Was A Student Of Class VIIth . On 27.8.01 At 4 P.M. She Came Back To Her House And There Was None Present In The House At That Time. Accused Rajesh Entered The House And Tried To Commit Indecent Assault Upon Her. When Seema Devi Objected To It , He Pointed Pistol Towards Her And Started To Beat Her With Chappal And Slaps. Seema Came Out Of The House To Protect Herself . In The Mentime, Laxmi Devi And Neighbours Reached There. Then Seema Devi Narrated The Entire Incident Before Them . By That Time Rajesh And Santosh, Sons Of Jagroop And Their Mother Sumitra Reached There And They Started To Beat Pregnant Laxmi Devi As Well As Her Daughter Seema Devi By Dandas Fists And Legs . Laxmi Devi Went To The Police Station Sarai Akil And When Her Report Was Not Written, She Went To The S .P. Who Directed For Registration Of The Case, But Even Then The S.O. Sarai Akil Refused To Register The Case. Thereafter Again The Incident Of Marpit With Seema Was Committed On 29.8.01 And She Went To The Police Station To Lodge A Report But Her Report Was Not Written .Thereafter Again An Incident Of Marpit Of Seema Was Committed By The Accused On 30.8.01 After Pointing Pistol Towards Her And She Was Threatened That If Information Of The Incident Is Given, She And Her Mother And Brothers Will Be Killed . This Incident Was Again Repeated With Seema And Laxmi On 4.9.01 And She Again Went To Police Station Sarai Akil To Lodge A Report But Her Report Was Not Written. Then She Moved An Application Before The District Magistrate On 7.9.01 Making A Request For For Medical Examination Of Her Daughter And Of Herself And For Registration Of The Case Under Sections 323/504/506/354 And 363 I.P.C.
On The Basis Of The Order Of The District Magistrate A Case Was Registered Against The Accused Under Sections 452/354/323/504/506 I.P.C. On 11.9.01 The Injuries Of Laxmi And Seema Devi Were Also Medically Examined On 11.9.01 In The Evening . Laxmi Devi Had A Healed Abrasion On Dorsal Of Right Forearm And Swelling Of Trauma On Dorsal Of Right Palm And A Contusion On Left Fore Arm . Duration Of These Injuries Was About Two Weeks And The Injuries Were Simple . Km. Seema Devi Had Swelling Of Trauma With Tenderness On Left Side Of Face And Abrasion On Right Fore Arm . The Injuries Were Simple And Duration Was About Two Weeks..
The Police, After Investigation ,submitted A Charge Sheet In The Case . Thereafter The Accused Were Charged Under Sections 452/354/323/504/506 I.P.C. . Learned Magistrate After Hearing Of The Case Acquitted The Accused Vide Judgment And Order Dated 28.7.2003. Aggrieved With That Judgment Smt. Laxmi Filed A Revision On 11.11.2003 With An Application For Condonation Of Delay In Filing The Revision . There Was Delay Of 16 Days In Filing The Revision . It Has Been Stated In The Affidavit Filed By Sri Tribhuwan Singh , Clerk To Sri Shanker Suan Advocate In Support Of The Application For Condonation Of Delay That The Applicant Had Handed Over The Certified Copy Of The Judgment Dated 28.7.03 To His Advocate Shanker Suan On 23.10.03 And That Copy Of The Judgment Was Misplaced In The Office Of Sri Shanker Suan Advocate , Hence That Clerk Asked Smt. Laxmi On 25.10.2003 To Obtain A Fresh Certified Copy For Filing The Revision . Smt. Laxmi Devi After Obtaining Certified Copy , Handed Over The Same To The Clerk Of Sri Shanker Suan On 10.11.03. Thereafter The Present Revision Was Filed On 11.11.03 Alongwith An Application For Condonation Of Delay . He, Therefore, Prayed That The Delay In Filing The Revision May Be Condoned.
A Counter Affidavit Was Filed By Santosh , Opposite Party No.3.He Stated Therein That The Applicant Had Applied For Certified Copy Of The Judgment On 5.8.03 And It Was Received By Her On 11.8.03, And Even If, After Its Delivery To The Clerk Of The Counsel On 23.10.03, It Was Misplaced And Lost , The Information To That Effect Was Given To The Applicant On 25.10.03.Then The Revisionist Must Have Applied For Another Certified Coy Of The Judgement At The Earliest But She Did Not Do So And Moved The Application For Certified Copy On 7.11.03 After Expiry Of A Period Of 13 Days From The Above Date . It Was Further Pointed Out That This Certified Copy Of The Judgement Was Prepared By The Copying Department On The Same Day, And The Revisionist Had Received The Copy On The Same Day, But Even Then She Did Not Hand Over That Certified Copy To The Above Named Clerk On 7.11.03 But She Handed It Over To Him On 11.11.03. It Was Pointed Out By The Learned Counsel For The Opposite Parties That This Delay Of 13 Days In Moving The Application For Certified Copy Of The Order And The Delay Of Four Days In Handing Over The Certified Copy To The Clerk Of The Counsel On 11.11.03 Even After Obtaining It From The Copying Department On 7.11.03 Has Not Been Explained And So There Is No Justifiable Ground For Condoning The Delay . He Contended That Under Section 5 Of Limitation Act, The Applicant Has To Explain Each And Every Day's Delay And Since The Applicant Has Failed To Fulfil This Requirement, Her Application Is Liable To Be Dismissed .
Having Considered The Submissions Of Learned Counsel For Both He Parties I Find That Since The Applicant Has Failed To Explain Each And Every Day's Delay In Filing The Revision, The Delay Condonation Application Is Liable To Be Dismissed.
It Was Also Pointed Out That This Is A Revision Against The Acquittal Order Passed By The Learned Magistrate. Learned Counsel For The Opposite Party Submitted That, According To The Applicant, The Incident Of Marpit Had Taken Place On Four Days I.e. 27.8.01, 29.8.01, 30.8.01 And On 4.9.01 And It Is Strange The Applicant Did Not Take Any Action At The Earliest, And Even If The Police Was Not Writing Her Report, She Neither Got Herself And Her Daughter Medically Examined Nor Did She Move The Higher Authorities At The Earliest For Taking Action Against The Accused Persons And It Is Only On The Order Of The District Magistrate On Her Application Dated 7.9.2001 That The Case Was Registered Against The Accused And The Applicant And Her Daughter Were Medically Examined On 11.9.2001 After Such A Long Gap. He Further Submitted That This Belated F.I.R. Was Prepared After Legal Consultation With An Advocate , Because Otherwise Sections 323, 354, 504, 506 And 363 I.P.C. Could Not Have Been Mentioned In It. He Also Pointed Out That There Are Discrepancies Regarding Place Of Incident As Shown In The Site Plan And In The Statements Of The Witnesses As Referred To In The Judgment Of The Learned Magistrate .Learned Magistrate Has Also Pointed Out That, According To The Statement Of Seema Devi , No One Had Ever Touched Her Body Against Her Will And So Charge Under Section 354 I.P.C. Was Not Made Out, And The Charge Under Section 452 I.P.C. Was Also Not Made Out Due To Discrepancies In The Statements Of Witnesses Regarding Place Of Incident. He Has Further Pointed Out That No Witness Had Given Any Description Of The Threats, Allegedly Given By The Accused In Their Statements And So The Charge Under Section 506 I.P.C. Was Also Not Proved, And As Regards The Charge Under Section 504 I.P.C. Neither The Informant Nor Her Daughter Nor Any Witness Had Stated As To What Actual Words Were Uttered By The Accused, So Charge Under Section 504 I.P.C. Was Also Not Proved.
Under These Circumstances, The Revision Has Got No Merits And Since It Has Been Filed After Expiry Of The Limitation Period And Since The Applicant Has Failed To Explain Each And Every Day's Delay In Filing This Revision, And Since The Conduct Of The Applicant In Not Applying For Certified Copy Of The Judgment Soon After Receipt Of The Information On 25.10.03 That Certified Copy Of The Judgment Had Been Lost, And Also In Not Handing Over The Same To The Clerk Of The Counsel At The Earliest After Obtaining A Copy Of The Judgment On 7.11.03 Goes To Show Her Negligence, The Application For Delay Condonation In Filing The Revision Does Not Deserve To Be Allowed. Hence The Delay Condonation Application Is Rejected And The Revision Being Time Barred Also Stands Dismissed.

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