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Gujarat High Court
Imtiyaj vs Commissioner on 29 January, 2010
Author: Md Shah,&Nbsp;
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SCA/10921/2009	 4/ 4	JUDGMENT 
 
 

	

 

IN
THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD
 

 


 

SPECIAL
CIVIL APPLICATION No. 10921 of 2009
 

 
 
For
Approval and Signature:  
 
HONOURABLE
MR.JUSTICE MD SHAH
 
 
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Whether
			Reporters of Local Papers may be allowed to see the judgment ?
		
	

 
	  
	 
	  
		 
			 

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To be
			referred to the Reporter or not ?
		
	

 
	  
	 
	  
		 
			 

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Whether
			their Lordships wish to see the fair copy of the judgment ?
		
	

 
	  
	 
	  
		 
			 

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Whether
			this case involves a substantial question of law as to the
			interpretation of the constitution of India, 1950 or any order
			made thereunder ?
		
	

 
	  
	 
	  
		 
			 

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Whether
			it is to be circulated to the civil judge ?
		
	

 

 
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IMTIYAJ
@ BHAIYO HALIMBHAI SHAIKH - Petitioner(s)
 

Versus
 

COMMISSIONER
OF POLICE & 2 - Respondent(s)
 

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Appearance
: 
MS
BANNA S DUTTA for
Petitioner(s) : 1, 
RULE SERVED for Respondent(s) : 1 - 2. 
MR KL
PANDYA, AGP for Respondent(s) : 
3. 
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CORAM
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HONOURABLE
			MR.JUSTICE MD SHAH
		
	

 

 
 


 

Date
: 29/01/2010 

 

 
 
ORAL
JUDGMENT

1. Heard
learned advocate for the petitioner and learned AGP for the
respondents.

2. The
petitioner-detenue has preferred this petition under Article 226 of
the Constitution of India, for appropriate writ, order or direction
for quashing and setting aside the impugned order dated 9.9.2009
passed by the respondent No.1-Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad City
in exercise of power under sub-section (1) of Section (3) of the
Gujarat Prevention of Anti Social Activities Act, 1985 ( PASA Act
for short) whereby the petitioner has been detained as a
bootlegger . In pursuance of the said impugned order, the
petitioner is detained in jail, Junagadh on 9.9.2009.

3. Along
with the detention order, the petitioner detenu has been supplied
with the grounds of detention. From the grounds of detention, it
appears that solitary offence being Prohibition CR No.5216 of 2009
has been registered against the detenu. The said offence has been
registered with Ramol Police Station under the provisions of Sections
65E, 81 and 116-B of the Bombay Prohibition Act wherein total
quantity of 60 bottles of foreign liquor was found from the
possession of the detenue. On the basis of registration of this case,
the detaining authority held that the present detenue was carrying on
activities of selling foreign liquor which is harmful to the health
of the public. It is held by the detaining authority that as the
detenue is indulged in illegal activities, it is required to restrain
the detenu from carrying out further illegal activities, i.e. selling
of liquor. The detaining authority has placed reliance on the above
registered offence and statements of unnamed witnesses. In the
opinion of this Court, the activities of the detenue can, by no
stretch of imagination, be said to be disturbing the public
order. It is seen from the grounds of detention that a general
statement that has been made by the detaining authority that
consuming liquor is injurious to health. In fact, a perusal of the
order passed by the detaining authority shows that the grounds which
are mentioned in the order are in reference to the situation of law
and order and not public order . Therefore, on this ground,
the subjective satisfaction arrived at by the detaining authority is
vitiated on account of non-application of mind and the impugned
order, therefore, deserves to be quashed and set aside.

4. Except
the statements of some anonymous witnesses, there is no material on
record which shows that the petitioner-detenue is carrying on
activities of selling foreign liquor which is harmful to the health
of the public. In the case of Ashokbhai Jivraj @ Jivabhai Solanki
v. Police Commissioner, Surat
[(2001)(1)GLH 393)], having
considered the decision of the Hon’ble Apex Court in the case of Ram
Manohar Lohia v. State of Bihar (AIR 1966 SC 740), this Court
held that the cases wherein the detention order passed on the basis
of the statements of the witnesses falls under the maintenance of
law and order and not public order .

5. Applying
the ratio of the above decisions, it is clear that before passing an
order of detention of a detenue, the detaining authority must come
to a definite finding that there is threat to the public order
and it is very clear that the present would not fall within the
category of threat to public order . In that view of the matter,
when the order of detention has been passed by the detaining
authority without having adequate grounds for passing the said order,
cannot be sustained and, therefore, it deserves to be quashed and set
aside.

6. The
petition is allowed. The impugned order of detention dated 9.9.2009
passed against the detenu is hereby quashed and set aside. The detenu
is ordered to be set at liberty forthwith, if not required in any
other case. Rule is made absolute accordingly. Direct service is
permitted.

(M.D.Shah,
J.)

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