ASIAN RESURFACING OF ROAD AGENCY PVT. LTD Vs. CENTRAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
Asian Resurfacing Of Road Agency Pvt. Ltd
CENTRAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
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(1.)Having heard Mr. Dilip Annasaheb Taur, learned counsel for the applicant and Mr. S.V. Raju, learned ASG for the respondent, we are
constrained to point out that in our directions contained in the
judgment delivered in Criminal Appeal Nos. 1375-1376 of 2013 [Asian
Resurfacing of Road Agency Pvt. Ltd. & Anr. vs. Central Bureau of
Investigation] and, in particular, para 35, it is stated thus:
"35. ... .... In cases where stay is granted in future, the same will end on expiry of six months from the date of such order unless similar extension is granted by a speaking order. The speaking order must show that the case was of such exceptional nature that continuing the stay was more important than having the trial finalized. The trial Court where order of stay of civil or criminal proceedings is produced, may fix a date not beyond six months of the order of stay so that on expiry of period of stay, proceedings can commence unless order of extension of stay is produced. "
(2.)Learned Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Pune, by his order dated 04.12.2019, has instead of following our judgment in
letter as well as spirit, stated that the Complainant should move
an application before the High Court to resume the trial. The
Magistrate goes on to say: "The lower Court cannot pass any order
which has been stayed by the Hon 'ble High Court, Bombay with due
respect of ratio of the judgment in Asian Resurfacing of Road
Agency Pvt. Ltd. & Anr. (supra). " We must remind the Magistrates
all over the country that in our pyramidical structure under the
Constitution of India, the Supreme Court is at the Apex, and the
High Courts, though not subordinate administratively, are certainly
subordinate judicially. This kind of orders fly in the face of
para 35 of our judgment. We expect that the Magistrates all over
the country will follow our order in letter and spirit. Whatever
stay has been granted by any court including the High Court
automatically expires within a period of six months, and unless
extension is granted for good reason, as per our judgment, within
the next six months, the trial Court is, on the expiry of the first
period of six months, to set a date for the trial and go ahead with
(3.)With this observation, the order dated 04.12.2019 is set aside with a direction to the learned Additional Chief Judicial
Magistrate, Pune to set down the case for hearing immediately.
Miscellaneous Application is disposed of accordingly.
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