IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAM Bail Appl..No. 1892 of 2010() 1. BIJU, AGED 34 YEARS, S/O.RAMACHANDRAN, ... Petitioner Vs 1. STATE OF KERALA, REPRESENTED BY ... Respondent For Petitioner :SRI.C.C.THOMAS (SR.) For Respondent :PUBLIC PROSECUTOR The Hon'ble MR. Justice K.T.SANKARAN Dated :31/03/2010 O R D E R K.T.SANKARAN, J. ------------------------------------------------------ B.A. NO. 1892 OF 2010 ------------------------------------------------------ Dated this the 31st day of March, 2010 O R D E R
This is an application for bail under Section 439 of the Code of
Criminal Procedure. The petitioner is accused No.1 in C.R.No.12 of
2010 of Thirupuram Excise Range, Thiruvananthapuram.
2. The offence alleged against the accused is under Sections
56(b) and 57(a) of the Abkari Act.
3. The prosecution case is that on 20.3.2010, the Excise
Commissioner inspected the toddy shop, namely, T.S.No.3 of
Thirupuram Excise Range, Thiruvananthapuram Division. It was
found that in the toddy shop, large quantity of toddy was kept. Apart
from toddy, large quantity of sugar, 8 kgs. of yeast and 120 grams of
soap powder were also found in the toddy shop. According to the
prosecution, these materials are used for adulteration of toddy and
mixing the same with toddy and water for the purpose of
adulteration. Samples of toddy were sent for chemical analysis. The
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analysis report is not received so far. The petitioner is the Manager
of the toddy shop. He was not available in the toddy shop at the
time when the Excise Commissioner came to the shop. He was
called to the shop and the toddy shop was opened.
4. The petitioner was arrested on 20.3.2010 itself and he was
remanded to judicial custody.
5. The learned counsel for the petitioner relied on Annexure C
order dated 13.6.2008 in Crl.M.C.No.2096 of 2008 and Annexure D
order dated 1.6.2009 in Crl.M.C.Nos.1008 and 1009 of 2009 to
support the contention that without getting the chemical analysis
report, even registration of the crime and initiation of any proceeding
against any person would be premature.
6. The learned Public Prosecutor submitted that it is not only
a case of adulterating toddy with other substances found in the toddy
shop, but a case where sugar, yeast, soap powder and other
materials found in the toddy shop were used for manufacturing
spurious toddy. The learned Public Prosecutor submitted that
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Annexures C and D orders are therefore, not applicable to the case
7. In answer, the learned counsel for the petitioner submitted
that if it is the case of prosecution that something was added to the
toddy, Annexures C and D orders would be applicable to the case.
On the other hand, if it is the case of the prosecution that with the
materials other than toddy found in the toddy shop the accused were
making preparations for manufacturing something, that is not
covered by Section 57(a) of the Abkari Act. It is not necessary in this
Bail Application to decide these disputed questions. I am inclined to
rely on Annexures C and D orders, taking into account the facts and
circumstances of the case. In these circumstances, I am of the view
that continued detention of the petitioner would be improper. In the
facts and circumstances of the case, I am of the view that bail can be
granted to the petitioner.
8. The petitioner shall be released on bail on his executing
bond for Rs.25,000/- with two solvent sureties for the like amount to
the satisfaction of the Judicial Magistrate of the First Class – II,
Neyyattinkara, subject to the following conditions:
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a) The petitioner shall report before the
investigating officer between 9 A.M. and 11
A.M. on all Mondays and Thursdays for a period
of two months and thereafter, on all Mondays, till
the final report is filed or until further orders;
b) The petitioner shall appear before the
investigating officer for interrogation as and
c) The petitioner shall not try to influence the
prosecution witnesses or tamper with the
d) The petitioner shall not commit any offence or
indulge in any prejudicial activity while on bail;
e) In case of breach of any of the conditions
mentioned above, the bail shall be liable to be
The Bail Application is allowed as above.
It is made clear that after the receipt of the chemical analysis
report, the investigating officer would be entitled to take appropriate
steps in the case including the steps for re-arrest of the petitioner.