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IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CRR No. 4018 of 2017(OM)
Date of Decision: 02.11.2017
State of Haryana and another
CORAM:- HON’BLE MRS.JUSTICE LISA GILL
Present: Ms. Shimpy Raman Sharma, Advocate
for the petitioner.
LISA GILL, J(Oral).
Petitioner prays for setting aside of order dated 27.09.2017,
passed by the learned Sessions Judge, Faridabad, whereby the petitioner’s
application under Section 311 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (for
short Cr.P.C.’) for recalling PW-1 (prosecutrix/complainant) has been
Brief facts of the case are that FIR No. 16 dated 13.02.2016,
under Sections 498-A, 323, 376, 354, 506 IPC, Police Station Sector-16,
Faridabad, was registered at the instance of the complainant against the
petitioner and others. The complainant testified before the learned trial Court
on 17.08.2016. Her cross-examination was deferred and an application 319
Cr.P.C., for summoning additional accused was moved. The said application
under Section 319 Cr.P.C., was dismissed on 22.08.2016. Cross-examination
of the complainant (prosecutrix) was conducted on 29.09.2016. Prosecution
evidence was closed. Evidence in defence was led. Thereafter, application
under Section 311 Cr.P.C. (Annexure P-1) was moved for recalling of the
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witness-PW-1 (prosecutrix/complainant) on the ground that certain material
facts which were required to be put to the said witness have been left out in
the cross-examination. It is mentioned that the accused was in judicial
custody when the cross-examination of the complainant/prosecutrix was
conducted. He was mentally disturbed, therefore not able to brief his counsel
properly. Therefore, it was prayed that the said application be allowed.
The learned trial Court after considering the facts and
circumstances of the case dismissed the said application vide impugned
order dated 27.09.2017 specifically observing that due and proper
opportunity was afforded for cross-examination of the prosecutrix/
complainant. It was further observed that it is not forthcoming as to what are
the material facts left out during cross-examination.
Aggrieved therefrom, the present petition has been filed.
Learned counsel for the petitioner submits that there are certain
aspects mentioned by the said witness in her examination in chief which she
has not been confronted with. The petitioner being in judicial custody was in
an extremely disturbed state of mind, therefore, he could not confer with his
counsel in a proper manner. The application under Section 311 Cr.P.C., has
been filed by another counsel engaged by the petitioner. Great prejudice and
injustice shall be caused to the petitioner in case an opportunity to cross-
examine the prosecutrix/complainant yet again is not allowed.
I have heard learned counsel for the petitioner and have gone
through the file as well as copy of the deposition of PW-1
(prosecutrix/complainant), produced in Court today. The same is taken on
record subject to just exceptions.
It is not in dispute that statement of PW-1 (prosecutrix/
complainant) was recorded on 17.08.2016. Her cross-examination was
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thereafter completed on 29.09.2016. Prosecution evidence was duly closed
on 16.05.2017. The petitioner examined himself in defence. Subsequently,
the present application under Section 311 Cr.P.C., through another counsel
was moved. It is not in dispute that the said application was moved after
lapse of more than one year of the completion of cross-examination of the
said witness. Learned counsel for the petitioner informs that the petitioner
was released from custody in October, 2016.
A perusal of the statement of PW-1 (prosecutrix/complainant),
reveals that she has been subjected to detailed cross-examination.
Contention of learned counsel for the petitioner that she was not confronted
in respect to allegations attracting Section 377 IPC is not correct as specific
suggestions were given to her and she has been confronted with her
statement Ex.PA, in this regard.
Learned counsel for the petitioner is unable to point out any
illegality, infirmity or perversity in the impugned order dated 27.09.2017,
passed by the learned Sessions Judge, Faridabad, which calls for interference
by this Court in exercise of revisional jurisdiction.
Accordingly, this petition is dismissed.
Whether speaking/reasoned : Yes/No
Whether reportable: Yes/No
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