Allahabad High Court rebukes police for issuing notice 17 years after registeration of FIR

The Allahabad High Court while noting that after 17 years of lodging of the FIR, this exercise being carried out by the police is strange and mockery of the criminal jurisprudence, disapproved the issuance of notice under Section 160 of CrPC to five accused in connection with an FIR registered against them in the year 2006.

The Division Bench of Justice Rahul Chaturvedi and Justice Gajendra Kumar passed this order while hearing a petition filed by Devendra Singh and 4 Others.

This is a strange case where after 17 years of the lodging of the FIR (date of lodging is 06.05.2006) against 106 persons including the petitioners, now, the petitioners are in receipt of notice under section 160 of Code of Criminal Procedure dated 19.04.2023, summoning him to record his statement.

Counsel for the petitioners submitted that petitioner no1- Devendra Singh has retired as Gram Panchayat Vikas Adhikari, petitioner no 2-Parashuram@Parashuram also superannuated from the post of A.D.O.(Panchayat), petitioner no 3-Ram Kishun@Ramkishun Yadav retired as Block Pramukh and respondent no 4 and 5, Kotedar at relevant point of time.

The next contention raised is that after the lapse of 17 years, the investigation is still going on without any cogent result and the petitioners are more than willing and ready to cooperate in the investigation provided the interest of the petitioners are protected.

The Court has seen the allegation and accusation made in the FIR. After 17 years of lodging of the FIR, this exercise, being carried out by the police, is strange and a mockery of the criminal jurisprudence.

"However, the interest of the petitioners are protected for a period of one month from today with the liberty that in case, the petitioner shall apply for anticipatory bail, his anticipatory bail will be considered sympathetically, keeping in view that the petitioner has already attained the age of superannuation and the matter relates to the year 2006, by the court concerned within a period of one week of its filing. However, it is open that the petitioners would cooperate with the investigation", the order read.

With this observation, the Court disposed of the petition.