Rangarajan Vs. M/S Crop Care Fed. of India & ANR.  INSC 513 (20 July
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CRIMINAL APPELLATE JURISDICTION CRIMINAL APPEAL NO. 1305
OF 2010 (Arising out of SLP(Crl.)No.3700 of 2008) RAJESH RANGARAJAN ...
APPELLANT(S) VERSUS O R D E R Heard learned counsel for the parties.
appeal is directed against the judgment and order dated 13.12.2007 passed by
the High Court of Judicature of Andhra Pradesh in Criminal Petition No.,4155 of
2006. Mr.Raj Panjwani, learned senior counsel appearing for the appellant has
drawn our attention to Annexure P-1, which is the Report of the Fact Finding
Committee which deals with Farmers Death Due to Exposure to Pesticides in
Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh.
carefully perused the Report. The relevant page of the report, which is at Page
40 of the paper book, clearly indicate that the Fact Finding Committee was not
aimed at doing health study or in-depth scientific investigation, but to do an
indicative study which would lead to a larger health study. The general tenor
of the report indicates that the report meant to focus the harmful effects of
exposure to pesticides. It is quite evident from the report that it was not
meant to harm, hurt or defame any individual or the manufacturing company.
Mr.Panjwani, learned 2 senior counsel appearing for the appellant also fairly
submitted that the report was not intended to harm or defame any individual or
manufacturers of pesticides. In our considered opinion, the complaint filed
under Sections 120(B), 34, 500, 501 & 502 of the Indian Penal Code lack
basic ingredients. According to our view, no useful purpose would be served in
permitting the trial Court to proceed with the complaint which lacks the basic
ingredients of aforementioned Sections. Consequently, we quash the complaint.
complaint itself has been quashed, therefore, the appeal is allowed and the
impugned judgment is set aside.
...................J. (DALVEER BHANDARI)
...................J. (DEEPAK VERMA)