Bombay High Court holds that,
“the purpose of the codified statute is that on any point specifically dealt with by it the law shall be ascertained by interpreting the language used.“
The Indian Penal Code defines the offence and also states what matters will afford a defence, and therefore it may be said that this Code deals specifically with the question, and it follows that the Court is not entitled to invoke the Common Law of England in the matter at all.
Gopal Naidu and another Vs King-Emperor on 22 December 1922 ILR
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Gopal Naidu and another Vs King-Emperor on 22 December 1922 Casemine
Citations: [(1923) ILR 46 Bom 605], [A. I. R. (10) 1923 Mad. 523 (F. B.)],
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