QUEEN EMPRESS Vs. LAKSHMANNA
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(1.) THE conviction under Section 24 of the Cattle Trespass Act can only be supported if the cattle were "liable to be seized under this Act." If the cattle were not "liable to be seized their rescue was no offence, and the fact that the rescuers had a special remedy under Section 20 does not affect the matter.
(2.) THE cattle were not liable to be seized in this case by the officers of the Public Works Department unless they were trespassing on public property in charge of the officers of the Public Works Department (Vide section II of the Act). Neither of the Magistrates has decided that the land on which the cattle were seized was public property and in charge of the Public Works Department. THE conviction must be set aside and the case remanded for disposal by the Second-class Sheristadar Magistrate of Nuzvid according to law.;
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