BANSH PRADEEP SINGH Vs. STATE OF RAJASTHAN
HIGH COURT OF RAJASTHAN
BANSH PRADEEP SINGH
STATE OF RAJASTHAN
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KASLIWAL, J. -
(1.)HEARD the learned counsel for the petitioner and the learned Public Prosecutor.
(2.)THIS petition under section 482 Cr. P. C. is directed against an order dated 23rd Dec. 1983, passed by learned Munsif and Judicial Magistrate, Mal-pura. The accused petitioner wanted to take specimen signatures of PW 15 Bhoor Singh and to get the same compared by a Hand Writing Expert at his own expenses. The said application was dismissed by the learned Magistrate by the impugned order.
In my view full opportunity must be given to the accused for defending his case. There is no allegation against the accused that he wanted to prolong the trial without any just cause. In Ronald Wood Mathams vs. State of West Bengal, (1) it was observed as under: "although the evidence on record may tend to establish a strong case against the accused, he is entitled to rebut and if certain documents would furnish good material for rebutting that case, the Court, by declining to issue process for the examination of the witnesses connected with those documents, would deprive the accused of an opportunity of rebutting it. The accused cannot be convicted without an opportunity being given to him to present his evidence and if it is denied to him, there is no fair trial and conviction cannot stand. It is essential that rules of procedure designed to ensure justice should be scrupulously followed, and courts should be jealous in seeing that there is no breach of them. " Learned Public Prosecutor did not contest the prayer made on behalf of the petitioner for permitting him to call PW 15 Bhoor Singh for taking his specimen signatures.
In view of these circumstances, this petition is allowed, the order of the learned Magistrate dated 23rd December, 1983, is set aside and he is directed to allow the petitioner to summon PW 15 Bhoor Singh for taking his specimen signatures and to examine handwriting expert at his own expenses. .
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