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Ramesh Melabhai Rathod vs State Of … on 23 September, 2017

R/CR.A/237/2013 ORDER


CRIMINAL APPEAL  NO. 237 of 2013

STATE OF GUJARAT….Opponent(s)/Respondent(s)


HCLS COMMITTEE, ADVOCATE for the Appellant(s) No. 1
MADANSINGH O BAROD, ADVOCATE for the Appellant(s) No. 1
MR L.R. PUJARI, APP for the Opponent(s)/Respondent(s)No.1

Date : 23/09/2017

1. Heard   Mr.   Madansingh   O   Barod,   learned   advocate 
for   the   appellant   and   Mr.   L.R.   Pujari,   learned 
APP for the State.

2. This appeal is directed against the judgment and 
order   of   conviction   dated   14.12.2012   passed   by 
the learned Additional Sessions Judge, Gondal in 
Sessions Case No. 8/12, whereby the appellant is 
sentenced   to   undergo   rigorous   imprisonment   for 
life   and   to   pay   fine   of   Rs.25,000/­   and   in 
default,   3   months’   imprisonment   for   the   offence 
punishable under section 376 of the IPC.

3. The record indicates that the appeal came to be 
admitted by the Division Bench of this Court vide 
order   dated   18.03.2013.     The   learned   APP   has 
submitted the jail remarks which clearly indicate 

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that   the   appellant   is   absconding   since 
15.08.2016.     The   jail   remarks   further   indicate 
that the appellant was enlarged on temporary bail 
for   7   days   by   this   Court   vide   order   dated 
05.05.2016   passed   in   Criminal   Misc.   Application 
No.10495/16   and   it   further   shows   that   the 
appellant surrendered before the jail authorities 
within time.   The record also further indicates 
that   the   appellant   also   filed   two   applications 
for regular bail being Criminal Misc. Application 
No.2144/13, which came to be dismissed vide order 
dated   18.03.2013   and   Criminal   Misc.   Application 
No. 22607/15, which also were dismissed by this 
Court   vide   order   dated   15.12.2015.     The   jail 
remarks   further   indicate   that   in   between,   the 
appellant   filed   two   applications   for   temporary 
bail being Criminal Misc. Application No.8206/14, 
which   came   to   be   dismissed   vide   order   dated 
11.06.2014   and   thereafter,   another   application 
for   temporary   bail   being   Criminal   Misc. 
Application   No.17604/14   which   came   to   be 
dismissed vide order dated 11.11.2014.   The jail 
remarks   further   indicate   that   thereafter,   the 
appellant   preferred   Criminal   Misc.   Application 
No.18058/16 for temporary bail through jail which 
came to be granted and the appellant­convict was 
ordered to be enlarged on temporary bail for 15 
days from the date of his release on furnishing 
bond in sum of Rs.5,000/­to the satisfaction of 
the   jail   authorities   and   on   usual   terms   and 
conditions   vide   order   dated   26.07.2016.     After 

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having   been   enlarged   on   temporary   bail,   the 
applicant   has   not   surrendered   and   he   is 
absconding   since   15.08.2016.     The   jail   record 
also indicates that the offence is registered by 
the jail authorities.

4. Mr.   L.R.   Pujari,   learned   APP,   on   instruction, 
states that still the appellant is absconding.

5. Mr.   Madansingh   Barod,   learned   counsel   appearing 
for the appellant also states that he is not in 
contact of the appellant at all.

6. Considering   the   facts   of   the   appeal,   the 
appellant is convicted for offence under section 
376   of   the   IPC   which   is   a   heinous   and   serious 
offence and that too the prosecutrix is a 13 year 
old   girl   who   happens   to   be   the   niece   of   the 
appellant himself.

7. In   such   fact   situation,   this   Court   is   of   the 
opinion that the appellant who is the convict for 
such   a   serious   offence   has   no   respect   for   the 
Court and has jumped the bail which was granted 
by   this   Court.     The   jail   remarks   also   indicate 
that all attempts to arrest him have failed and 
therefore, in view of the above, considering the 
decision of the Full Bench of this Court in the 
case   of   Niraj   Devnarayan   Shukla   vs.   State   of 
Gujarat   reported   in   2015   (3)   GLR   2442,   more 
particularly   para   17   thereof,   this   Court   is   of 
the opinion that in the facts and circumstances 

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of this case, without entering into the merits of 
the case, the present appeal is dismissed as this 
Court is satisfied that though efforts have been 
made,   the   appellant   is   not   traced   out   and   the 
appellant­accused is absconding since 15.08.2016, 
which amounts to showing total disrespect to the 
judicial   system   and   the   present   appeal   is 
dismissed.     However,   it   is   observed   that   if 
subsequently,   the   appellant­original   accused­
convict surrenders or is arrested, he may file an 
application for restoration for hearing the same 
on merits.   The investigating agency as well as 
State is hereby directed to continue all efforts 
to arrest the appellant­convict.  It goes without 
saying   that   this   Court   has   not   expressed   any 
opinion   on   merits   and   the   same   is   dismissed   on 
the ground that the appellant is absconding since 
more than one year. 

8. With   the   above   observations,   the   present   appeal 
stands dismissed with the aforesaid liberty.



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