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Wilson Abraham Chouriappa v/s State of Maharashtra

    CRIMINAL APPEAL NOS. 548 OF 1993 WITH 574 OF 1993

    Decided On, 19 June 1995

    At, High Court of Judicature at Bombay


    S.M. Dange, for the appellants, in Cr.A. No. 548 of 1993. Prashant Naik, for appellant in Cr.A. 574 of 1993. K.H. Chopda, A.P.P., for State.

Judgment Text


Since these two connected Criminal Appeals arise out of same set of facts, we propose disposing them of by a common Judgment.

2.Vide judgment and order dated 25-8-1993 the IIIrd Additional Sessions Judge, Nasik convicted the three appellants of the two connected appeals, under sections 460 I.P.C. 396 read with 397 I.P.

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. and 302 I.P.C. and sentenced them to undergo 7 years R.I. and to pay a fine of Rs. 1000/- in default R.I. for a period of one month, under the first count; 7 years R.I. and to pay a fine of Rs. 2000/- and in default of payment of fine, to undergo 2 months R.I. under the second count; and R.I. for life and to pay a fine of Rs. 3000/- in default of its payment, to further undergo 3 months R.I., under the third count. The substantive sentences of the appellants were ordered to run concurrently.3.The informant one Rakeshchandra Goyal P.W. 1 was the neighbour of deceased Barjorji Paymaster. His evidence is that appellant Edward John Ingal was working as a cook at the house of the deceased and appellant Lawrence John Ingal had previously worked at the house of the deceased.According to the informant, on 29-11-1991 at about 6 a.m. appellant Edward John Ingal came and informed him that his master Barjorji Paymaster was lying in the bathroom and was not responding. Edward also told him that telephone had been disconnected. On receiving this information the informant telephonically informed police station Deolali Camp. The aforesaid information was received by P.I. Balasahab Ganpati Gaikwad P.W. 8. On 29-11-1991, between 6.45 a.m. to 7 a.m. On the aforesaid information, he along with some police personnel immediately rushed to the place of incident. He found that a number of articles were lying scattered and some roof tiles of the bungalow from the backside had been removed. He also found that dead body of the deceased was lying in the bathroom.Thereafter, P.S.I. Gaikwad recorded complaint of the informant Rakeshchandra Goyal and on its basis, registered an offence at C.R. No. 136 of 1991 at Deolali Camp Police Station. He prepared inquest panchanama Exh. 11, spot panchanama Exh. 12 and also recorded statements of 9 witnesses, including that of the brother of the deceased, Kaikaush Paymaster. The same day (29-11-1991) he interrogated appellant Edward John Ingal. On 30-11-1991, he arrested him. Same day, he also arrested Nareshkumar Prabhudayal, Kailash Naidu and Wilson, appellant.On 2-12-1991, P.W.I. Gaikwad recorded memorandum panchanama of appellant Wilson as per Exh. 24 and recovered one stick at his instance, in the presence of panchas. He also seized Rs. 450/- from Wilson Peter Matale, P.W. 4 in whose custody appellant Edward John Ingal had kept the aforesaid amount.Thereafter P.S.I. Gaikwad sent the seized articles to Chemical Analyst at Aurangabad. On 9-12-1991, P.S.I. Gaikwad produced the appellant Edward John Ingal before the JMFC, Nasik Road, for recording his confession. He received reports of the Chemical Analyst Exhs. 17 and 18 and put them on the record.After completing the investigation he filed the charge-sheet, in the Court of JMFC Nasik Road, on 25-3-1992.4.Going backwards, the autopsy of the dead body of the deceased was conducted on 29-11-1991 between 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. by Dr. Manohar Mehta P.W. 6. On the dead body, the doctor found the following ante-mortem injuries :-1.Contusion on frontal region oblique 3" x 2" red colour.2.Swelling on left temporal partial region.3.Linear abrasion on left side of neck below the angle of mandible 1" X

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