Decided on September 09,2003

Neelkanth Appellant

Referred Judgements :-



L.C.BHADOO, J. - (1.)Accused/appellant Neelkanth has preferred this criminal appeal under Section 374(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 being aggrieved by the judgment of conviction and sentence dated 21-5-1992 passed by the learned Second Additional Sessions Judge, Raigarh in Sessions Trial No. 1 of 1992 by which the learned Second Additional Sessions Judge after holding him guilty of the offence punishable under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code convicted and sentenced him to undergo imprisonment for life and to pay a fine of Rs. 200.00 in default of payment of fine to further undergo rigorous imprisonment for two months.
(2.)The case of the prosecution in brief is that some quarrel had taken place between Ravinarayan (since deceased) and accused Neelkanth in the year 1984 and since then their relations were strained. Ravinarayan took the agricultural land of one Onkar Bharti for the purpose of sowing the crop and for that purpose he ploughed the land. This land was adjacent to the agricultural land of accused Neelkanth. The manure of accused Neelkanth was lying in the land which had been taken by Ravinarayan from Onkar Bharti. On account of ploughing the land by Ravinarayan the manure scattered and their relations were further strained. On the fateful day, i.e., on 18-10-1991 at about 12 noon when Ravinarayan was coming back from agricultural land accused Neelkanth assaulted him with lathi and the lower part of the wooden plough. While beating he was saying "Maar Dalunga" (i.e., he would kill him). On hearing the sound of Maarpeet, Jairam (P.W. 1) who was sitting near the scene of occurrence in the house of barber came to the scene of occurrence and saw the accused assaulting Ravinarayan with the lower part of wooden of plough. Jairam (P.W. 1) immediately reached the scene of occurrence and caught hold of the accused. By that time Mayaram (P.W. 2) also reached there. Ravinarayan died instantaneously. The other villagers also arrived at the scene of occurrence. When Kotwar Kunjram (P.W. 5) came to know about the incident he called Banshidhar (P.W. 4) and Bheekham (P.W. 9) and narrated the incident. The villagers saw the dead body of Ravinarayan. Thereafter Kunjram (P.W. 5) went to Gharghoda Police Station and lodged the report. On the basis of this report Merg (Ex. P-3) was registered and the First Information Report was recorded under Ex. P-5. After registering the case the Investigating Officer reached the place of incident. The Investigating Officer after issuing notices (Exs. P-1 & P-19) to the witnesses prepared the inquest Panchnama (Ex. P-11) of the dead body of the deceased. The plain soil and the blood stained soil, a bamboo club, a part of the wooden plough - weapon of offence, and one blood-stained towel were seized under Ex. P-2. The blood stained Dhoti of the accused was seized under Ex. P-12. The dead body of the deceased was sent for post-mortem examination under Ex. P-7 along with Constable Umashankar. Dr. Rajeev Shrivastava (P.W. 8) conducted the autopsy on the dead body of the deceased and prepared the autopsy report (Ex. P-8). The seized articles were sent for chemical examination. The accused/appellant was also medically examined by Dr. Rajeev Shrivastava (P.W. 8). Dr. Shrivastava after examining the accused/appellant prepared the medical report (Ex. P-10).
(3.)The police after completing the investigation filed the charge-sheet against the accused/appellant for the offence punishable under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code in the Court of Judicial Magistrate First Class, Gharghoda who in turn committed the case to the Court of Sessions, Raigarh from where the learned Second Additional Sessions Judge received the case on transfer.

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