Criminal Writ Petition No. 531 of 2017. Case: Ravi Vs The State of Maharashtra and Ors.. Bombay High Court

Case Number:Criminal Writ Petition No. 531 of 2017
Party Name:Ravi Vs The State of Maharashtra and Ors.
Counsel:For Appellant: Narayan B. Narwade, Advocate and For Respondents: K.D. Munde, A.P.P.
Judges:S.S. Shinde and K.K. Sonawane, JJ.
Issue:Bombay Police Act, 1951 - Sections 156(1)(a)(b), 56, 56(1)(a)(b), 56(i), 56(i)(b), 59
Judgement Date:May 05, 2017
Court:Bombay High Court
 
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Judgment:

S.S. Shinde, J.

  1. Rule. Rule made returnable forthwith. Heard finally, with consent of the parties.

  2. At the outset, we constrained to observe that, in spite of sufficient time granted to the respondents, the original record pertains to the case of the petitioner in relation to the externment was not made available for perusal, we express displeasure and direct respondent No. 1, to cause enquiry of respondents Nos. 2 and submit report to this Court within two months from today.

  3. Learned counsel appearing for the petitioner raised two grounds; firstly, the alleged activities of the petitioner are confined to the Newasa town and even the offences are registered at Newasa Police Station, and therefore, there was no reason for respondent No. 2 to extern the petitioner from the entire Ahmednagar District. In support of the said contention, he placed reliance on the reported judgment of the Bombay High Court at Principal Seat in the case of Sanket Balkurshna Jadhav Vs. State of Maharashtra and another 2013 All MR (Cri.) 3834 and in particular para 10 thereof.

  4. Secondly, he submits that the mandate of the provisions of Section 156(1)(a)(b) of the Maharashtra Police Act is not adhered to by respondent No. 2, inasmuch as, neither in the show cause notice nor in the impugned order passed by respondent No. 2, there is a reference of recording in-camera statements of the witnesses by him so as to arrive at subjective satisfaction that witnesses are not willing to come forward to give evidence in public against such person by reason of apprehension on their part as regards the safety of their person and property. He submits that in absence of such exercise by respondent No. 2 to record in-camera statements of the witnesses and refer the same in the show cause notice and also discuss about their versions in the impugned judgment so as to form opinion that witnesses are not willing to come forward to give evidence in public against such person by reason of apprehension on their part as regards the safety of their person and property. In absence of such exercise an order of externment cannot legally sustain. In support of aforesaid contention, he placed reliance on the exposition of law in the case of Yeshwant Damodar Patil Vs. Hemant Karkar, Dy. Commissioner of Police and another 1989 (3) Bom.C.R. 240 and in particular paras 3 and 9. He, therefore, submits that petition deserves to be allowed.

  5. On the other hand, learned APP relying upon...

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