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Report No. 43

7.41. Meaning of 'motive' and 'purpose' explained by Lord Radcliffe.-

Lord Radcliffe dealt with motive and purpose in these words: "All controversies about motives or intentions or purposes are apt to become involved through confusion of the meaning of the different terms and it is perhaps not difficult to show by analysis that the ideas conveyed by these respective words merge into each other without a clear line of differentiation. Nevertheless a distinction between motive and purpose, for instance, is familiar enough in ordinary discussion and there are branches of law in which the drawing of such a distinction is unavoidable. I do not think that the ultimate aims of the appellants) in bringing about this demonstration of obstruction constituted a purpose at all within the meaning of the Act. I think that those aims constituted their motive, the reason why they wanted the demonstration, but they did not qualify the purpose for which they sought to enter the airfield.

We may assume that the Courts in India will adopt the same view.

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