K.Voshnu Kumar vs E.Nazeer And Another on 1 September, 2008

Kerala High Court
K.Voshnu Kumar vs E.Nazeer And Another on 1 September, 2008




Crl.Rev.Pet.No. 3020 of 2008()

                      ...  Petitioner


                       ...       Respondent

                For Petitioner  :SRI.T.RAJASEKHARAN NAIR

                For Respondent  : No Appearance

The Hon'ble MR. Justice V.RAMKUMAR

 Dated :01/09/2008

 O R D E R
                              V.RAMKUMAR, J.
                         Crl.R.P. No.3020 of 2008
               Dated this the 1st day of September, 2008

                                    O R D E R

In this Revision Petition filed under Section 397 read with Sec. 401

Cr.P.C. the petitioner who was the accused in C.C.No.48 of 2004 on the file of

the J.F.C.M-V, Thiruvananthapuram, challenges the conviction entered and the

sentence passed against him for an offence punishable under Sec. 138 of the

Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Act’).

2. I heard the learned counsel for the Revision Petitioner and the

learned Public Prosecutor.

3. The learned counsel appearing for the Revision Petitioner re-

iterated the contentions in support of the Revision. The courts below have

concurrently held that the cheque in question was drawn by the petitioner in

favour of the complainant on the drawee bank, that the cheque was validly

presented to the bank, that it was dishonoured for reasons which fall under

Section 138 of the Act, that the complainant made a demand for payment by a

notice in time in accordance with clause (b) of the proviso to Section 138 of the

Act and that the Revision Petitioner/accused failed to make the payment within

15 days of receipt of the statutory notice. Both the courts have considered and

rejected the defence set up by the revision petitioner while entering the above

finding. The said finding has been recorded on an appreciation of the oral and

documentary evidence. I do not find any error, illegality or impropriety in the

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finding so recorded concurrently by the courts below. The conviction was thus

rightly entered against the petitioner.

4. What now survives for consideration is the question as to whether

what should be the proper sentence to be imposed on the revision petitioner.

Having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case, I am inclined to modify

the sentence imposed on the revision petitioner. In the light of the recent

decision of the Supreme Court in Ettappadan Ahammedkutty v. E.P.

Abdullakoya (2008(1)KLT 851), default sentence cannot be imposed for the

enforcement of an order for compensation under Sec. 357 (3) Cr.P.C.

Accordingly, for the conviction under Section 138 of the Act the revision

petitioner is sentenced to pay a fine of Rs.1,55,000/- (Rupees one lakh fifty

five thousand only) The said fine shall be paid as compensation under

Section 357 (1) Cr.P.C. The revision petitioner is permitted either to deposit the

said fine amount before the Court below or directly pay the compensation to the

complainant within six months from today and produce a memo to that effect

before the trial Court in case of direct payment. If he fails to deposit or pay the

said amount within the aforementioned period he shall suffer simple

imprisonment for three months by way of default sentence.

In the result, this Revision is disposed of confirming the conviction

entered but modifying the sentence imposed on the revision petitioner.

Dated this the 1st day of September, 2008.



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