ATRA VEERASWAMY REDDI Vs. SOMA RAMAYYA
HIGH COURT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
ATRA VEERASWAMY REDDI
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(1.) This case in revision is directed against the order of the Sub-divisional
Magistrate confirming the conviction and sentence of fine of Rs. 50 under
section 116 (3) of the Madras Village Panchayats Act.
(2.) The respondent was elected president of the Panchayat of Nallamothuvari-
parem, hamlet of Karlapalem, on the 17th of January, 1953. The petitioner was,
the President up to that date. He handed over some of the properties of the Panchayat
to the respondent on the 25th of February, 1953, as seen from Exhibits P-2
and P-3. A notice was issued to him calling upon him to hand over the other items
montioned therein. He did not comply with this demand, and so another notice
was issued on the 27th of November, 1953, but to no purpose. Consequen|ly,fa
complaint was filed against him by the present President under section 116 (3) of
the Village Panchayats Act.
(3.) In support of the prosecution, 3 witnesses were examined. They spoke to the
father of the petitioner to deliver a radio, 8 cement pipes and papers relating to a
Various defences were raised by the petitioner, the chief of them being that
all the properties were delivered as required of him by notice, dated 30th March, 1953,
that the prosecution was incompetent as the sanction of the Government was
nor obtained, and lastly it was barred by limitation.
The Courts below rejected all the defences and convicted the petitioner as
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