Criminal Appeal Nos. 1195, 1187, 1197, 1198, 1185 and 1188 of 2010. Case: Surinder Kaur Vs State of Haryana. Supreme Court (India)

Case NumberCriminal Appeal Nos. 1195, 1187, 1197, 1198, 1185 and 1188 of 2010
CounselFor Appellant: Rishi Malhotra, Prem Malhotra, R.K. Kapoor, Shiwani Mahipal, Anis Ahmed Khan, Sudhir Walia, Niharika Ahluwalia, Abhishek Atrey and Rajat Sharma, Advs. for Kailash Chand, Adv. and For Respondents: Manjit Singh, AAG, Tarjit Singh and Kamal Mohan Gupta, Adv.
JudgesV. Gopala Gowda and A.K. Goel, JJ.
IssuePrevention of Corruption Act, 1988 - Sections 7, 13(1), 13(2), 20; Indian Penal Code (IPC) - Sections 120B, 218, 466, 474; Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) - Section 313
Judgement DateSeptember 18, 2014
CourtSupreme Court (India)


A.K. Goel, J.

  1. These appeals have been filed by Surinder Kaur, Ravinder Kaur, Jasbir Kaur, Balwinder Kaur, Amar Nath and Sukhwinder Kaur against the common judgment dated 26th March, 2009 of the High Court of Punjab & Haryana at Chandigarh in Criminal Appeal Nos. 689-SB, 708-SB, 780-SB, 711-SB, 807-SB and 752-SB, and of 2006 respectively arising out of the conviction and sentence recorded by the Special Judge, Ambala holding all the Appellants guilty Under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (for short the "Indian Penal Code") and sentencing them to undergo rigorous imprisonment for a period of two years and to pay a fine of Rs. 200/- each, and in default of payment of fine to undergo imprisonment for 15 days. Except Amar Nath, all others have been found guilty Under Section 218, 466 and 474 Indian Penal Code and Under Section 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 punishable Under Section 13(2) of the Act and sentenced by the trial Court as follows:

    All the sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

  2. The High Court confirmed the above conviction and sentence with the modification that sentence has been reduced to one year instead of two years while maintaining the sentence of fine.

  3. FIR No. 20 dated 18th December, 1997 was registered at Vigilance Bureau, Ambala with the allegation that on 29th August, 1996, Gurdev Singh, Sant Ram etc. of Village Kurbanpur were attacked by Amar Nath etc. of the said village. The Appellant Dr. Ravinder Kaur created false evidence of Amar Nath being admitted to Community Health Centre at Chaurmastpur prior to the occurrence. Appellants Jasbir Kaur, Surinder Kaur, Balwinder Kaur, Sukhwinder Kaur who were staff nurses/Pharmacist also made false entries/overwriting/cuttings in the record of the hospital. An enquiry was conducted and these facts were established. After investigation, the accused were sent up for trial.

  4. The prosecution examined 16 witnesses and produced FSL Report (Ex. P-E) about the hand writing of the accused in the record of the hospital. The accused pleaded innocence and submitted that Dr. K.S. Rana (PW 11) was inimical to Dr. Ravinder Kaur on account of which the accused were falsely implicated. The defence examined Prem Prakash Sharma (DW 1), Vikash Sharma (DW 2) and Record Keeper Ajay Rao (DW 3).

  5. It may be necessary to give a very brief resume of the evidence on record. Mohan Lal (PW 1) is an employee in the office of Civil Surgeon, Ambala from whom record of the hospital relevant to the present case was taken over on 18th February, 1997 by the Vigilance Department. The said record comprised of admission register (Ex. P 1), OPD register, daily patients report book, MLR of Sant Ram etc. (injured in the incident on 29th August, 1996), bed head tickets of Amar Nath etc. Siri Kishan (PW 2) from Police Station, SVB Ambala deposed about the handing over of some record to Shri Mohinder Singh Malik-Deputy Superintendent of Police. Ved Kumar (PW 3) from Community Health Centre, Chaurmastpur proved the handing over of copies of posting orders of the accused who were public servants. Ranjit Kaur (PW 4) deposed about the duties of making entries in the OPD register (Ex. P2) and about interpolations in the record. Karan Singh Dalai (PW 5) proved the order of sanction. Kuldeep Kumar (PW 6) proved the letter written by the Vigilance Department. Assistant Sub Inspector Rajinder Kumar (PW 7) proved the FIR. Head Constable Krishan Kumar (PW 8) proved the FIR dated 31st August, 1996 at the...

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