NARAYAN BAJORIA Vs. FAGU SWAIN
HIGH COURT OF ORISSA
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(1.) HEARD counsel for the parties. This is a fit case which, in my opinion, ought to be allowed. There has been some dispute among the co-sharer-landlords of some lands which are the subject-matter of proceedings under section 145 Cr. P. C. Fagu Swain is alleged to be the tenant of some of the cosharers and claims to have raised the crop which was removed by the other cosharers. A criminal case under Section 379 I. P. C. started at the instance of Fagu Swain is now pending against the rival landlords and their servants. The trying magistrate was moved for adjourning the case till the disposal of the proceedings under Section 145, Cr. P. C. That prayer having been rejected the petitioners have now come up to this court and renewed their prayer for staying the proceedings in the theft case until the disposal of the Section 3.45 proceedings. The dispute is essentially one between rival landlords relating to possession of the land, from which the crop appears to have been removed. The question whether the removal would amount to theft would depend upon who was in actual possession of the lands at the time of the alleged removal. In these circumstances it is not fair that the parties should be harassed in respect of the same dispute in two separate proceedings. I would, therefore, direct that the proceedings in the case under Section 379 I. P. C. should be stayed till the disposal of the miscellaneous case under Section 145, Cr. P. C. The revision is accordingly allowed.;
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