THE STATE OF MAHARASHTRA Vs. DASHRATH LAHANU KADU
LAWS(BOM)-1972-9-17
HIGH COURT OF BOMBAY
Decided on September 29,1972

THE STATE OF MAHARASHTRA Appellant
VERSUS
Dashrath Lahanu Kadu Respondents

JUDGEMENT

Masodkar, J. - (1.) On October 30, 1971, at about noon time, 1.30 P.M., a middleaged lady of about 32 years by name Watsala and another person of age about 55 years by name Pundlik were done to death in a village field No. 50/1 of Mousa Pala situate in Morshi tehsil of district Amravati. The accused Dashrath, appellant in Criminal Appeal No. 81 of 1972, has been found guilty as the author of this double-murder-tragedy. In his appeal the said accused seeks reversal of his conviction. The Additional Sessions Judge, Amravati, who found him guilty under section 374 of the Criminal Procedure Code, for confirmation of that sentence in Confirmation Case No. 4 of1972.
(2.) The facts that have been found upon the prosecution case by the learned Additional Sessions Judge and which cannot be in dispute are that the present accused-appellant so also the deceased Watsala and Pundlik were all residents of town Morshi. The said Watsala was a married lady and her husband was one Rodba Lodba. Ramesh (P. W. 7) who is aged about 15 years is her son. The accused does not deny and accepts that Watsala was serving with him as a maid-servant and on the fateful day in the morning he had been to her place at about 8 A. M. as stated by Ramesh.
(3.) It further appears that Watsala accompanied by her son P. W.7 Ramesh started from her house at about 11 A.M. on the morning of October 30, 1971 and went for agricultural labourer's work at deceased Pundlik's field where she was ultimately found dead. Pundlik Shimpi another deceased person in this case had gone to that field on that eventful day and P . W. 4 Shrawan had seen both Pundlik Shimpi and Watsala going by the footway to that field. Thus Pundlik appears to have gone to the field sometimes in the morning and was ultimately found dead in the field itself.;


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