Decided on March 19,2013

Rajneesh Alias Alibaksh Appellant


- (1.) In the present appeal, judgment and order passed by Additional Sessions Judge/ I F.T.C., Hardwar dated 19th July, 2008/21st July, 2008 in Sessions Trial No. 28 of 2003 is under challenge, whereby learned trial court has found the appellant guilty for an offence punishable under Section 302 of I.P.C. as well as for an offence punishable under Section 25 of the Arms Act and has sentenced him to undergo life imprisonment and to pay a fine of Rs. 5,000/-, failing which to further undergo six months' additional imprisonment under Section 302 of I.P.C. and further sentenced the appellant to undergo rigorous imprisonment for five years and a fine of Rs. 500/-, failing which one month's additional imprisonment for an offence punishable under Section 25 of the Arms Act.
(2.) Brief facts of the present case, inter alia, are that on 20th August, 2002 at about 09.00 P.M., Constable Om Pal Sharma (PW1), S.I. Ramawatar Singh Sankwal (PW2), Constable Sauraj Singh and Constable Kuldeep Singh were on checking duty near Lalta Rao Bridge. All of sudden, they have noticed that two people are fighting with each other. Having seen them fighting, police personnel rushed towards them. Meanwhile, appellant took out his Tamancha and shot the other person and having seen the police personnel, appellant started running. PW2 has directed PW1 to take the injured immediately to the hospital and started chasing the appellant alongwith other police personnel. PW1 took the injured in rickshaw to the Government Hospital, where doctors have declared him brought dead. Thereafter, PW1 went to the Kotwali and has lodged report Ext.Ka-18. PW2 could apprehend the appellant alongwith Tamancha near the Himalayan Depot Gali. From his checking, two live cartridges of 315 bore and a country made Pistol were recovered. Country made pistol and live cartridges, so recovered, were kept in a sealed cover under surveymohar and thereafter, appellant was taken to the Police Station and F.I.R. Ext. Ka-16 was got registered by PW2. Investigation was carried out by S.I. Surendra Pal Verma (PW4). Having investigated the matter, a charge-sheet was submitted against the appellant for an offence under Section 302 of I.P.C. and having obtained necessary permission from the District Magistrate, Hardwar, another chargesheet for an offence under Section 25 of the Arms Act was submitted against the appellant. Both the trials were consolidated and thereafter, having examined the materials made available on the record, learned trial Judge has passed the judgment and order under appeal.
(3.) We have heard Mr. Bhuwanesh Joshi, learned counsel for the appellant and Mr. Amit Bhatt, Deputy Advocate General for the State/respondent and have carefully perused the record.;

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