Nice judgment from Apex Court regarding discharge of an accused under S 227 of CrPC.
Dilawar Balu Kurane Vs State Of Maharashtra on 8 January, 2002
In exercising powers under Section 227 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the settled position of law is that the Judge while considering the question of framing the charges under the said section has the undoubted power to sift and weigh the evidence for the limited purpose of finding out whether or not a prima facie case against the accused has been made out; where the materials placed before the court disclose grave suspicion against the accused which has not been properly explained the court will be fully justified in framing a charge and proceeding with the trial; by and large if two views are equally possible and the Judge is satisfied that the evidence produced before him while giving rise to some suspicion but not grave suspicion against the accused, he will be fully justified to discharge the accused, and in exercising jurisdiction under Section 227 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Judge cannot act merely as a post office or a mouthpiece of the prosecution, but has to consider the broad probabilities of the case, the total effect of the evidence and the documents produced before the court but should not make a roving enquiry into the pros and cons of the matter and weigh the evidence as if he was conducting a trial.
Citations: [2002 SCR 1 75], [2002 AIR SC 146], [2002 CRLJ SC 980], [2002 SCJ 1 203], [2002 JCC SC 1 172], [2002 SCC CRI 310], [2002 AIR SC 564], [2002 SCC 2 135], [2002 CRJ SC 2 284], [2002 BOMCR CRI SC 612], [2002 CRIMES SC 1 243], [2002 SCALE 1 47], [2002 SRJ 2 475], [2002 CCR SC 1 61], [2002 SLT 1 99], [2002 JT 1 6], [2002 SUPREME 1 55], [2002 UJ SC 1 269], [2002 RCR CRIMINAL SC 1 451], [2002 CRILJ 980], [2002 LLN 1 671]
Other Source links: https://indiankanoon.org/doc/1868789/ and https://www.casemine.com/judgement/in/5609adb6e4b01497114120c8
Index of Discharge judgments u/s 227 are here.
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