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Rajasthan High Court Weekly Round Up: May 16 To May 22 ,2022

ANIRUDH VIJAY
24 May 2022 4:17 AM GMT
Rajasthan High Court Weekly Round Up: May 16 To May 22 ,2022
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Nominal Index State Of Rajasthan, Through P.P v. Komal Lodha 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 164 Simorna v. State of Rajasthan through PP 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 165 M/s Vivek Pharmachem (India) Ltd. v. State Of Rajasthan & Anr. 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 166 Om Prakash Kumawat v. Hero Housing Finance Ltd 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 167 Asstt. Commercial Taxes Officer Versus M/s. Punusumi India Limited...

Nominal Index

State Of Rajasthan, Through P.P v. Komal Lodha 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 164

Simorna v. State of Rajasthan through PP 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 165

M/s Vivek Pharmachem (India) Ltd. v. State Of Rajasthan & Anr. 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 166

Om Prakash Kumawat v. Hero Housing Finance Ltd 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 167

Asstt. Commercial Taxes Officer Versus M/s. Punusumi India Limited 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 168

Judgments/ Orders of the Week

  1. Rajasthan High Court Finds Man On Death Row Wrongly Convicted For Rape & Murder Of 7-Yr Old, Modifies Sentence To Life Citing Conviction By SC

Case Title: State Of Rajasthan, Through P.P v. Komal Lodha

Citation: 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 164

The Rajasthan High Court recently commuted death sentence awarded to a man convicted for the offence of sodomy, rape and murder of a 7-year old girl child, while observing that it appeared to be a case of wrong conviction whereby the actual offenders had, with the help of the Police, shifted the crime on the present convict.

The case had travelled up to the Supreme Court which did not upset the conviction and had remitted the matter back to the High Court only to decide the question of sentence upon consideration of aggravating and mitigating circumstances.

While dealing with this criminal death reference, a division bench of Justices Pankaj Bhandari and Anoop Kumar Dhand observed,

" It appears that two persons committed the horrendous act of rape and sodomy with a seven ones year old girl and murdered the girl and thereafter, with the help of the police shifted the crime to the present appellant...We are alive of the fact that the conviction of the accused has been upheld by the Apex Court...Since we have been directed to confine our judgment only on the question of sentence for offence under Section 302 IPC, we with heavy heart and with hope that justice would be done to the accused, who has been sentenced to imprisonment till death for crime committed by two other persons, commute sentence from death penalty to life imprisonment."

  1. Rajasthan High Court Grants Bail To Murder Accused In Custody Since 2015 Along With Her Minor Daughter

Case Title: Simorna v. State of Rajasthan through PP

Citation: 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 165

The Rajasthan High Court has granted bail to a woman, accused in a murder case, who has been incarcerated since June 2015, along with her minor daughter.

While observing that the trial is still pending and on being informed that the same is held up on account of delay caused by witnesses, Justice Manoj Kumar Garg allowed her second bail application.

Essentially, the lady has been in judicial custody since June 2, 2015 in connection with an FIR registered at Police Station Kuri Bhagtasni, Jodhpur for the offences punishable under Sections 302 (Murder), 120-B (Criminal conspiracy) and 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the IPC and Section 4/25 of the Arms Act.

Notably, her first bail application was dismissed on 15.12.2016 by the court.

"Having regard to the totality of the facts and circumstances of the case and considering the facts that the accused-petitioner is a lady and she is inside jail since 02.06.2015 along with her minor daughter aged about three years and the trial of the case is yet pending, therefore, without expressing any opinion on the merits of the case, I deem it just and proper to grant bail to the accused petitioner under Section 439 Cr.P.C," the Court said.

  1. Manufacturer Entitled To Receive One Sample Of Seized Goods U/S 23(4) Of Drugs & Cosmetics Act: Rajasthan High Court

Case Title: M/s Vivek Pharmachem (India) Ltd. v. State Of Rajasthan & Anr.

Citation: 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 166

The Rajasthan High Court has observed that Section 18A of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 requires disclosure of name of manufacturer also and not only of the stockists and thus, he is entitled to receive one portion sample of seized drugs in terms of Section 23(4) of the Act.

Section 18A of the Act deals with the disclosure of the name of the manufacturer, etc. It states, "Every person, not being the manufacturer of a drug or cosmetic or his agent for the distribution thereof, shall, if so required, disclose to the Inspector the name, address and other particulars of the person from whom he acquired the drug or cosmetic.".

Section 23(4) r/e 23(3) provides that where an Inspector takes a sample of a drug for the purpose of test or analysis, he shall divide the sample into four portions and restore one portion of it to the person from whom he takes it, and shall retain the remainder.

  1. Proceedings Under The A&C Act And SARFAESI Act Can Be Resorted To Simultaneously: Rajasthan High Court Reiterates The Legal Position

Case Title: Om Prakash Kumawat v. Hero Housing Finance Ltd

Citation: 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 167

The High Court of Rajasthan has held that proceedings under the A&C Act and SARFAESI Act can be resorted to simultaneously.

The Single Bench of Justice Mahendra Kumar Goyal has held that the existence of an arbitration clause and filing of an application under Section 9 of the A&C Act is not a bar to the institution of proceedings under the SARFAESI Act.

The writ petitioner challenged that order of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Jaipur passed under Section 14 of the SARFAESI Act on the ground that the loan agreement between the parties contains an arbitration clause and the respondent having filed an application under Section 9 of the A&C Act, therefore, the remedy under SARFAESI Act cannot be resorted to and the CMM erred in entertaining the application.

  1. Rajasthan High Court Refuses To Grant Priority of Government Dues Over Debts Due To Secured Creditors

Case Title: Asstt. Commercial Taxes Officer Versus M/s. Punusumi India Limited

Citation: 2022 LiveLaw (Raj) 168

The Rajasthan High Court bench of Justice Ashok Kumar Gaur has refused to grant the priority of the government dues over the debts due to secured creditors.

The petitioner/department has pleaded that the company M/s. Punsumi India Ltd. is under liquidation and the Officer Liquidator (OL) had invited claims with regard to outstanding dues against the company. The department had sent its claim via communication and the OL communicated that the claim was not in the prescribed format and the same was time barred and delay was to be condoned by the High Court.

The department submitted its claim before the OL with the documentary evidence and affidavit, and the OL called for certain information from the department, which was responded to by them.

Others Important Updates

  1. Supreme Court Collegium Recommends Elevation Of Justice S. S. Shinde As Rajasthan High Court's Chief Justice

The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the name of Justice S. S. Shinde as the new Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court. Presently, Justice Shinde is serving as a Judge of the Bombay High Court.

Pursuant to the retirement of Justice Akil Kureshi as the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court, Justice Manindra Mohan Shrivastava had taken over as the Acting Chief Justice of the High Court.

Justice Shinde was born on 02nd August 1960. He completed LL.B. Course from Marathwada University (now Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University) at Aurangabad.

He obtained LL.M Degrees from Pune University, and from Warwick University, United Kingdom. He enrolled on 9th April 1987 as an Advocate on the Roll of the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa, and started practice as an advocate in the High Court of Bombay, Bench at Aurangabad in November 1989.

  1. [Jodhpur Violence] Rajasthan High Court Grants Interim Protection From Arrests To 3 Accused Persons

Case Title: Hitesh Vyas & Ors. .v. State Of Rajasthan & Anr.

The Rajasthan High Court has granted interim protection from arrest to three accused persons, namely Hitesh Vyas, Arvind and Khimanshu Gehlot in the recent incident of Jodhpur Violence that took place on 02.05.2022 at Jalori Gate Chouraha, Jodhpur.

The court has directed the Investigation Officer to remain present with case diary and CCTV Footage of the incident (if any) on the next date of hearing.

Justice Dinesh Mehta, observed,

"Having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case, the Investigating Officer is directed to remain present with case diary and CCTV Footage of the incident (if any) on 23.05.2022. The matter shall be taken up at 11.00 a.m. on 23.05.2022. Till then, the petitioners shall not be arrested in connection with FIR No.127/2022, P.S. Sardarpura, Jodhpur."

  1. Internet Suspended For 506 Hrs Through 26 Shutdown Orders In Udaipur: PIL In Rajasthan High Court, Notice Issued

Case Title: Udaipur Chamber of Commerce and Industry & Anr. v. State of Rajasthan

The Rajasthan High Court has issued notice on a public interest litigation challenging the validity of frequent "Internet Shutdown" orders being passed by the Divisional Commissioner of the area.

It is alleged that since the Supreme Court's orders in Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India, which held that internet shutdowns should be resorted to only in exceptional circumstances, at least 26 shutdown orders restricting internet access for around 506 hours in the Udaipur Division have been issued.

A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Manindra Mohan Shrivastava and Justice Madan Gopal Vyas has issued notices in the matter.

The public interest litigation has been filed by Udaipur Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as Hotel Association, Udaipur. It seeks a direction to the State to immediately publish all orders suspending internet services on its official websites as well as Twitter Handle i.e. @RajGovOfficial.

  1. Rajgarh Temple Demolition | "Urgent & Immediate Interrogation Not Required", Rajasthan HC Grants Interim Relief To Arnab Goswami On Pawan Khera's Complaint

Case Title: Arnab Goswami v. State of Rajasthan

Case No.: CRLMP / 3015 / 2022

The Rajasthan High Court has granted interim relief from arrest to news anchor Arnab Goswami in an FIR registered against him based on the complaint by Congress Spokesperson Pawan Khera taking objections regarding broadcast of certain news on Republic Bharat regarding alleged temple demolition in Rajgarh.

Essentially, the FIR was registered at Ambamata Police Station, Udaipur on 17.05.2022 against Arnab Goswami along with other persons of Republic Bharat under Sections 153A, 295A, 120B, 499, 501, 504 & 505 of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of Information Technology Act, 200 read with N.S.A. Act. The FIR was registered pursuant to the news reporting conducted by Republic Bharat with regards to demolition of temple at Rajasthan. In this regard, Arnab Goswami has moved to the High Court seeking quashing of the aforesaid FIR.

The matter was mentioned before the bench today by Sr. Adv. Mahesh Jethmalani. Consequently, Justice Dinesh Mehta, observed,

"Having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case and considering that the omnibus allegations levelled in the FIR relate to an attempt to de-establish the State Government, this Court is of the view that the immediate and urgent interrogation of the petitioner is not required, particularly when neither details of programme nor any specific incident have been indicated in the written information."


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