Cri. Appeal No. 336 of 1996 R. Case: Rajdeo Singh Vs State of Bihar (now Jharkhand). Jharkhand High CEGAT & CESTAT High Court

Case NumberCri. Appeal No. 336 of 1996 R
CounselFor Appellant: Mahesh Kumar Verma, Adv. and For Respondents: R.R. Mukhopadhaya, APP.
JudgesN. Dhinakar, C. J. and R. R. Prasad, J.
IssueIndian Penal Code (45 of 1860) - Section 300
Citation2006 CriLJ 4490
Judgement DateMay 16, 2006
CourtJharkhand High CEGAT & CESTAT High Court


  1. The accused appeals.

  2. The appellant, Rajdeo Singh @ Bhanjan Singh @ Manjan Singh, was tried and convicted under section 302 and on being convicted, he was sentenced to imprisonment for life. The present appeal is against the said conviction and sentence.

  3. The facts necessary to dispose of this appeal are as follows: Lalita Kumari, deceased in this case, is the daughter of P.W.4, Beni SahU.P.W.8, Gita Devi, is the mother of the deceased. P.W.1, Jitan Kumari, is the friend of the deceased. The deceased and Jitan Kumari, P.W. 1, went to Jungle at about 3.00 p.m. on 14-4-1994 to collect dead woods. After collecting dead woods, they were returning to their house with bundles of wood on their head. When they were on their way to the house, the appellant appeared before them and caught hold of the hands of Lalita Kumari. The deceased protested. The appellant took out a dragger from his waist and inflicted stab injuries on various part of her body including her neck. The deceased fell down crying, but the appellant continued to attack her and inflicted 8 or 10 injuries on her persons. On seeing dastardly attack on the deceased, P.W. 1 ran towards the village. On reaching the village, she informed P.W. 4 Beni Sahu, father of the deceased, P.W.8, Gita Devi, mother of the deceased and P.W. 2, Ramdhani Sahu, a villager, P.W. 3, Tarkeshwar Sahu and then P.W. 7, Ram Sewak Sahu. She narrated the whole incident to them. They went to the place and thereafter P.W. 1 gave the fardbeyan, Ext. 2, at the police station at 5.30 p.m. This was registered as a crime and investigation was taken up by P.W. 5, Niranjan Mandal. He conducted inquest over the dead body of Lalita Kumari by preparing inquest report, Ext. 3. The Police Officer, after conducting inquest, sent the dead body to the hospital for post mortem, on receipt of which, P.W.12, Dr. Arun Kumar, conducted autopsy on the dead body and found the following injuries:-


    (i) 3 x 1 x 4 cm on left lateral neck upper part;

    (ii) 3 x 1 x 3 cm on left lateral neck middle part,

    (iii) 1 x ½ x 1 ½ cm left cheek

    (iv) 1 x ½ x 1½ cm left chest front upper part

    (v) Perforating wound:-

    (a) wound of entrance 03 x 1 cm on left lateral arm middle part. The weapon passed through soft tissues made an exit would 1 x ½ cm on left arm medial side upper part;

    (b) wound of entrance 3 x 1 cm on left wrist back. The weapon passed through soft tissues and made an exit wound 2 x 1 cm on left wrist...

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