* IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
% Reserved on: January 11, 2017
Decided on: 4th May, 2017
+ CRL.A. 954/2001
MANAS RANJAN JAINA ….. Appellant
Represented by: Mr. Sibo Shankar Mishra and
Mr. Niranjan Sahu, Advocates.
STATE ….. Respondent
Represented by: Ms. Rajni Gupta, APP for the
HON’BLE MS. JUSTICE MUKTA GUPTA
1. By the present appeal Manas Ranjan Jaina challenges the impugned
judgment dated 7th July 2001 whereby he is convicted for the offences
punishable under Sections 366/376 IPC and the order of sentence dated 9 th July
2001 whereby he is sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for a period of
7 years and to pay a fine of Rs. 5,000/- for the offence punishable under Section
376 IPC and rigorous imprisonment for a period of 3 years and a fine of Rs.
5,000/- for the offence punishable under Section 366 IPC.
2. Assailing the conviction, learned counsel for the appellant submits that
there are contradictions in the statement of the prosecutrix recorded by the
police and her deposition in the Court. The prosecutrix had a relationship with
the appellant, thus, the act was consensual. In the alternative, it is prayed that
the appellant be released on the period already undergone.
3. Per contra, learned APP for the State submits that the impugned
judgment suffers from no illegality and considering the seriousness of the
offence and the minimum sentence prescribed, the appellant be not released on
the period undergone.
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4. Process of law was set into motion on 28 th July 1999 on receipt of DD
No. 9A at PS Gokulpuri wherein PW-4 stated that his daughter was missing.
Later the prosecutrix was traced from a factory in Panipat from where her father
brought her back. On 30th July 1999 the prosecutrix was brought to the police
station where her statement was recorded on the basis of which FIR No.
357/1999 was registered under Sections 363/366/376 IPC at PS Gokulpuri.
Thereafter, the statement of the prosecutrix under Section 164 Cr. P.C. was
recorded and she was medically examined.
5. PW-2 the prosecutrix deposed that she was residing along with her
family members in Chauhan Pur. She had studied in Dayal Pur Government
school upto 7th standard. Her friend Bobby who was her neighbour, got her
acquainted with Littu alias Manas Ranjan Jaina who was her uncle. On 26th July
1999, the appellant kidnapped her on the false pretext that he will take her to
Panipat. Bobby had also told her that she too will be going to Panipat, however,
eventually she didn’t go. The appellant took her first in a three wheeler scooter
upto ISBT and from there they took a bus to Panipat. They started from Delhi
around 12:00 noon and reached Panipat around 4:00 P.M. The appellant took
her to a factory where the labourers used to sit. The appellant committed sexual
intercourse for three consecutive nights forcibly without her consent. Her father
and her brother arrived after three days at Panipat and came to the factory
where the appellant was employed and had taken her. During her cross
examination, she stated that the appellant was residing just in front of their
house. The appellant had earlier been to Panipat in search of a job. She also
stated that when she used to raise alarm, the appellant used to threaten her and
sometimes he even closed her mouth with his palm.
6. PW-4, father of the prosecutrix, stated that the prosecutrix, aged about 15
years, had left her studies after completion of class VII. On 26 th July 1999, at
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about 11:00-12:00 noon he found the prosecutrix missing from the house and
searched for her till evening. On 27th July 1999, he visited the police station for
lodging a missing report, however the police did not lodge his report. However,
a missing report was lodged on 28th July 1999. When he suspected that the
appellant had kidnapped the prosecutrix, he took Bobby to the place where the
appellant was working at Karawal Nagar in a utensils factory. The owner of the
factory gave an address of a factory in Panipat where the appellant was
currently employed. He along with his relatives namely Gublu, Gulwant, Babu
etc. reached the factory around 12:00 noon on 29th July 1999 from where the
prosecutrix was recovered.
7. PW-5, mother of the prosecutrix, corroborated the testimony of PW-4.
8. PW-6 stated that PW 4 is the brother-in-law of his brother. He had
accompanied PW-4 to Panipat on 29th July 1999 and from there they brought
the prosecutrix to Delhi.
9. PW-13 Bal Kishan, who was running a factory in Panipat stated that one
of the labourers, who had started working 3-4 days prior to the incident, had
brought a girl to the factory. He didn’t remember the name of that labourer. He
further stated that the father of the said girl came to his factory and enquired
about the whereabouts of his daughter. The boy who had brought the girl had
escaped from the spot, however, the girl was recovered from the labour quarter
of his factory and she accompanied her father. He also stated that the father of
the girl had said that the boy who had brought the girl was their relative.
10. PW-3 Dr. Rakhi Gupta who had medically examined the prosecutrix
exhibited her detailed report as Ex. PW-3/A. She stated that on PV
examination, two fingers easily could be admitted from which it can be inferred
that she had experienced sexual intercourse. No external injury marks and no
injury in genital region were found.
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11. PW-10 Dhruv Sharma, Senior Scientific Officer, Biology cum Ex-
Officio Chemical Examiner to Government of NCT exhibited the FSL Report
Ex. PW-10/A which noted that human semen was detected on Exhibit 1 which
is Gauze cloth piece having pale yellowish stains. The serological report was
exhibited as Ex. PW-10/B.
12. PW-12 Dr. Vineeta Rathi, Assistant Professor Radiology department,
GTB Hospital stated that she had examined the x-ray report of the prosecutrix
for bone age determination and she opined vide the report Ex. PW-12/A that the
bone age of the prosecutrix appeared to be 12-14 years. This witness was not
cross-examined despite opportunity hence her testimony has gone
13. The defence of the appellant is of false implication due to the fact that
Bobby the co-accused who was acquitted had got lodged an FIR against the
parents of the prosecutrix for allegedly parading her naked in the locality. As
regards the appellant, the suggestion given to the prosecutrix was that a quarrel
took place between the maternal uncle of the prosecutrix and the appellant for
vacating the house and thus, he was falsely implicated. However, no such plea
was taken by the appellant in his statement recorded under Section 313 Cr.P.C.
By the impugned judgment, learned Trial Court acquitted Bobby, the friend of
the prosecutrix and relative of the appellant coming to the conclusion that there
was contradiction in the testimony of the prosecutrix on that count and even if it
is accepted that Bobby was instrumental in acquainting the appellant with the
prosecutrix, the said act was not an offence.
14. In the present case, the evidence of the prosecutrix is fully corroborated
by her parents and the medical examination. Further corroboration is rendered
to the prosecution case by the evidence of PW-13 Bal Kishan an independent
witness in whose factory the appellant had started working 3-4 days prior to the
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incident and from where the girl was recovered. Though Bal Kishan did not
identify the appellant or the prosecutrix however the fact remains that in his
examination-in-chief he deposed about the entire sequence of events and
recovery of the girl from the labour quarters.
15. In view of the evidence on record and the fact that it has been proved
beyond reasonable doubt that age of the prosecutrix was between 12 years and
14 years and her consent was thus immaterial, the charge for offence punishable
under Sections 366/376 IPC stands proved beyond reasonable doubt against the
appellant. Upholding the judgment of conviction and order on sentence, the
appeal is dismissed. Bail bond and surety bond of the appellant are cancelled.
He appellant would surrender to the custody to undergo the remaining sentence.
16. Appeal is dismissed.
17. Copy of this order be sent to Superintendent Central Jail Tihar for
updation of the Jail record.
18. TCR be returned.
MAY 04, 2017
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