HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT ALLAHABAD
?Court No. – 69
Case :- CRIMINAL REVISION No. – 2640 of 2019
Revisionist :- Ataullah
Opposite Party :- State Of U.P. And Another
Counsel for Revisionist :- Shesh Narain Mishra
Counsel for Opposite Party :- G.A.,Ravindra Prakash Srivastava
Hon’ble Vivek Kumar Singh,J.
This revision under Section 102 read with Section 12 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and SectionProtection of Children) Act, 2015 (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Act’) is directed against the order dated 5.2.2018 passed by learned Special Judge (POCSO Act)/Additional Sessions Judge (F.T.C. First), Sant Kabir Nagar, in Criminal Appeal No.04 of 2018 (SectionAtaullah vs. State of U.P.), dismissing the said appeal arising out of order dated 22.12.2017 passed by Juvenile Justice Board, Sant Kabir Nagar (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Board’) in Case Crime No.2246/2017, under Sections 377 I.P.C. and 5(2)/6 of POCSO Act, PS-Kotwali Khlilabad, District-Sant Kabir Nagar, rejecting the bail application of the revisionist (juvenile).
Heard Sri Shesh Narain Mishra, learned counsel for the revisionist and Sri Ravindra Prakash Srivastava, learned counsel for the opposite party no.2 as well as Sri Sanjay Singh, learned A.G.A.-I for the State and perused the impugned orders along with entire material on record.
Submission of learned counsel for the revisionist is that the opinion recorded by the District Probation Officer, in its report that in the event the revisionist (juvenile in conflict with law) is released on bail, there is possibility of his going in the company of known and unknown criminals. However, neither Juvenile Justice Board nor appellate court has detailed the basis to arrive at such a conclusion. Learned counsel for the revisionist states that it is merely ipse dexit of Probation Officer unsupported by any evidence. It is further submitted that according to the facts on record the revisionist is below the age of majority and is juvenile in conflict with law. Submission is that the reasoning given in both the impugned orders is very superficial and is not very convincing and is more in the nature of a facewash. Further submission is that the applicant is already in custody since 25.9.2017 and that aforesaid period of detention must have caused reformative effect upon the revisionists-juvenile and he should be given another chance to live a normal life on the supervision of his parents. Counsel has also tried to point out that the impugned orders have not been passed keeping the true spirit of the law that has been laid down with regard to juvenile in conflict with law.
Learned counsel for the revisionist has contended that the revisionist is innocent and has been falsely implicated. It is further contended that the revisionist has been declared juvenile but his bail application has been rejected by the learned Board as well as by learned Sessions Judge in Criminal Appeal without any convincing basis for giving finding that if the revisionist is released he is likely to come into association with several known and unknown criminals and expose them to moral, physical or psychological danger or his release would defeat the ends of justice.
Learned counsel for the opposite party no.2 and learned AGA have opposed the prayer for bail.
I have considered the submissions made by the parties’ counsel and perused the impugned orders passed by the learned courts below along with entire material on record as well as the provisions of the Act.
The provisions of bail to a juvenile is given in Section 12 of the said Act.
“The said provision provides that a juvenile accused has to be released on bail unless there are reasonable grounds for believing that the release is likely to bring him into association with any known criminal or expose him to moral, physical or psychological danger or that his release would defeat the ends of justice. There is no any basis or material which may bring the case of the revisionist within the exceptions provided in Section 12 of the Act.”
There is no such substantial material or evidence on record to show that by release on bail, the revisionist would come in association with any known criminal or his release would expose him to moral, physical or psychological danger. There is also nothing very substantial on record to show that the release of the revisionist on bail would defeat the ends of justice.
In these circumstances, the Board was not quite justified in rejecting the bail application of the revisionists. Learned Sessions Judge also does not appear to have considered the provisions of Section 12 of the Act in its proper perspective. Thus, both the impugned orders are not sustainable and are liable to be set-aside.
Accordingly, the revision stands allowed. The order dated 22.12.2017 passed by Juvenile Justice Board, Sant Kabir Nagar as well as 5.2.2018 passed by learned learned Special Judge (POCSO Act)/Additional Sessions Judge (F.T.C. First), Sant Kabir Nagar, are set-aside.
The revisionist,Ataullah aged about 16 years S/o Jikarullah, resident of Mohalla-Block-41, Kamra No.484, Kanshiram Awas Bagahiya PS Khalilabad, District-Sant Kabir Nagar, involved in the aforesaid Case Crime No., be released on bail on his furnishing a personal bond through his legal guardian and two sureties each in the like amount to the satisfaction of the Board concerned.
Order Date :- 17.10.2019