RABARI CHELA JADAV Vs. STATE OF BOMBAY
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA (FROM: BOMBAY)
RABARI CHELA JADAV
STATE OF BOMBAY
Referred Judgements :-
NAFAR SHEIKH V. EMPEROR
KULDIP DAS V. EMPEROR
SUDHIR KUMAR V. EMPEROR
NAFAR SHEIKH VS. EMPEROR
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Imam, J. -
(1.)This appeal is by special leave. The appellant was convicted under S. 304, Part I of the Indian Penal Code and sentenced to imprisonment for life. He appealed to the Bombay High Court. According to the judgment of the High Court the appeal was admitted only on the point of sentence. The High Court reduced the sentence from imprisonment for life to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment.
(2.)It was submitted on behalf of the appellant that the High Court could not, in law, admit an appeal only on the point of sentence and the appellant was entitled to have his appeal heard on the merits of his conviction as well. The evidence upon which the appellant was convicted was unsatisfactory and he was entitled to be acquitted.
(3.)Shortly stated, the case of the prosecution was that the appellant had caused the death of Zina Hira on April 6, 1957, when the deceased was returning from an adjoining village to the village of his residence. The appellant met him on the way and accused him of having committed theft in the appellant's house which the deceased denied. Upon this the appellant attacked him with a stick which had iron rings round it. A number of blows were given by the appellant with this stick in consequence of which Zina Hira fell down. Although a doctor was called for from Keshod. 8 miles away, ultimately the deceased was taken to Junagadh for better medical treatment but died on the way in the early hours of the morning of April 7.
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