2016 ALL MR (Cri) 4713
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT BOMBAY
M. T. JOSHI, J.
Vithal s/o. Bhanudas Bhandwalkar & Ors. Vs. The State of Maharashtra & Anr.
Criminal Writ Petition No.1576 of 2015
29th February, 2016.
Petitioner Counsel: Mr. A.S. MORE, Mr. R.V. DASALKAR, A.P.P.
Respondent Counsel: Mr. S.B. JADHAV
Criminal P.C. (1973), S.320 - Penal Code (1860), S.326 - Compounding of offence - Refusal - On ground that offence u/S.326 IPC is non-compoundable - Complainant had suffered fracture to the scull at the instance of accused - Considering that fight was started in a sudden and heated exchange of arguments, offence u/S.326 directed to be compounded. (Paras 5, 6, 7)
3. All the present petitioners were convicted by the learned Judicial Magistrate First Class, Paranda in R.C.C. No. 117/2008 on 03/04/2013 for the offence punishable u/s 326 read with 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Each of them were sentenced to suffer rigorous imprisonment for eighteen months and to pay fine of ' 5,000/- [Rupees Five Thousand]. They were acquitted of the offences punishable u/ss 504 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.
4. The petitioners, therefore, filed Criminal Appeal No. 9/2014 in the Sessions Court at Bhoom. During the pendency of the Appeal, the appellants as well as the original claimant Lahu Navnath Bidve - present respondent No. 2, filed an application at Exh. 17. They communicated the Court that the appellants as well as the complainant are residing in the adjoining villages. They had decided to mutually settle the dispute due to the intervention of the reputed persons of the villages and that they sought compounding of the offences. The learned Sessions Judge had dismissed the application, as the offence punishable u/s 326 of the Indian Penal Code is not compoundable. Hence, the present Writ Petition.
5. Upon hearing all the sides and taking into consideration the deposition of P.W. 6 Dr. Ajit Pokle, as has been reproduced by the learned Judicial Magistrate First Class in the Judgment, it would show that the complainant has suffered fracture to the scull. According to the prosecution out of the present 3 petitioners, petitioner No. 2 Kisan had hit the head of respondent No. 2, the complainant, by stone which was wrapped in the towel.
[I] Present Criminal Writ Petition is hereby allowed.
[II] The offence punishable u/s 326 read with 34 of the Indian Penal code, for which the present petitioners were convicted by the learned Judicial Magistrate First Class, Paranda in R.C.C. No. 117/2008 is hereby compounded.
[III] In the circumstances, Criminal Appeal No. 9/2014 be disposed of by the learned Sessions Judge, Bhoom in terms of the above order.
[IV] Rule is accordingly made absolute in the above terms.