2013 ALL MR (Cri) 2131
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT BOMBAY (NAGPUR BENCH)
M.L. TAHALIYANI, J.
Suresh Uttamrao Dhawale Vs. The State Of Maharashtra & Ors.
Criminal Application (APL) No. 588 of 2012
11th January, 2013
Petitioner Counsel: Mr. S.A. MOHTA
Respondent Counsel: Mr. M.J. KHAN
Criminal P.C. (1973), S.399 - Revision - Rejection for want of prosecution as process fee was not paid - Application for restoration also rejected holding that Sessions Court has no powers to restore dismissed revision - Held, revision application need to be restored so that it could be heard on merits - Applicant directed to pay process fee. (Para 3)
JUDGMENT :- Admitted. Heard finally by consent of counsel for the parties. Heard learned counsel Mr. S.A.Mohta, learned counsel for the applicant and Mr. M.J.Khan, learned Addl. P.P. for non-applicant no.1-State. Respondent nos. 2 and 3 have chosen to remain absent though served.
2. The applicant is one of the accused in Regular Criminal Case No.1669/2009. The applicant had applied for his discharge of all the charges levelled against him. The learned trial Court had discharged the applicant and three others of the offences punishable u/ss. 420, 468, 471 read with section 109 of the Indian Penal Code. However, the learned trial Court has declined to discharge them of the offences punishable u/ss. 419 and 494 r/ws. 34 of the IPC. The order of the learned trial Court declining to discharge the applicant of rest of the two offences was challenged before the Sessions Court in Revision Application No. 351/2011. The said Revision Application came to be dismissed for want of prosecution as the process fee was not paid. The applicant applied for restoration of the Revision Application. The learned Sessions Judge rejected the Application holding that the Sessions Court has no powers to restore the dismissed Revision Application.
3. Without going into the merits of the order as to whether the Sessions Court has such powers or otherwise, it is abundantly clear that the Application need to be restored so that it could be heard on merits. The applicant undertakes to pay the process fee within two weeks from today. Hence I pass the following order :-
The Revision Application No.351/2011 shall be restored to the file of learned Additional Sessions Judge-4, Nagpur. The applicant shall pay the process fee within two weeks from today. The Application stands disposed of accordingly.