State of U.P. Vs.
Garibuddi @ Garibuddin & Ors.
O R D E R
appeal by way of special leave has been filed by the State of U.P. impugning the
judgment of acquittal rendered by the High Court reversing the judgment of
conviction of the Additional Sessions Judge, Allahabad dated 30th November, 1981,
whereby the three accused respondents had been convicted under Section 302 of
the Indian Penal Code and sentenced to imprisonment for life. It is by now
well-settled that interference by this Court in an order of acquittal should be
minimal and only in the circumstance that the judgment of the High Court was
completely perverse and did not arise out of the evidence.
have perused the judgment of the High Court very carefully. Several reasons
have been given by the High Court for its decision. They are:
the identity of the assailants could not be established as the incident had
taken place at night and though the oral evidence did indicate the presence of lantern
in the premises but the said lantern had neither been shown in the site plan
nor seized by the police, and though the P.Ws. had deposed in their evidence in
Court that the accused had covered their heads only whereafter they had been confronted
with their statements under Section 161 Cr.P.C. that the full faces had been
the incident had been seen by a large number of persons and that too from a
distance of 20 paces and as P.W. 2 Ram Niwas was living at some distance e he could
not have reached the place of incident to become an eye witness as the incident
had lasted for only 2 minutes;
there was a gross enmity between the parties as Garibuddin had lodged a report
under Section 354 of the IPC against the two eye witnesses viz. P.W. 1 Ram Crl.A.
No. 1522 of 2007 3 Shankar and P.W. 2 Ram Niwas; and
the medical evidence did not support the ocular version as pointed out by Dr.
M.A. Haq who had conducted the post mortem examination on the dead body.
are, therefore, of the opinion that the High Court's opinion that the accused were
entitled to the benefit of doubt cannot be faulted in the circumstances. We,
accordingly, dismiss the appeal.
[HARJIT SINGH BEDI]
[GYAN SUDHA MISRA]