IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BANGLADESH
HIGH COURT DIVISION
(CRIMINAL REVISIONAL JURISDICTION)
CRIMINAL REVISION NO. OF_______
IN THE MATTER OF:
An application under Section 5 of the Limitation Act, 1908 for condonation of delay.
IN THE MATTER OF :
X, son of Y, of village – Kharia, Police Station- Shibpur, District- Narsingdi
2. The State
IN THE MATTER OF:
Order being No. 2 dated 8.06.08 passed by Mr. Md. Abul Hossain Khan, Learned Session Judge, Narsingdi in Criminal Appeal No. 26/08 disallowing the petition of condonation of delay and thereby rejection of the admission of appeal for judgment and order being dated 26.05.1998 passed by Mr. Md. Kutub Uddin, 1st Class Magistrate, Narsingdi in C.R. Case No. 184/1996 (Shibpur) convicting the convict-petitioner under section 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1980 and sentencing him to suffer rigorous imprisonment for 1 (one) year and 6 (six) months.
IN THE MATTER OF:
Order being No. 1 dated 29.01.2009 passed by Mr. Md. Abul Hossain Khan, Learned Session Judge, Narsingdi in Criminal Appeal No. 5/09 rejection of appeal for being not pressed.
Mr. Justice M. M. Ruhul Amin, the Honourable Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and His companion Justices of the said Honourabe Court.
The humble petition of the above named convict-petitioner most respectfully –
1. That the complainant-opposite party (the “opposite party”) filed C.R. Case No. 184/1996 under section 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1980 against the convict-petitioner (the “petitioner”) alleging inter alia that the petitioner demanded 50,000.00 (fifty thousand) taka on the date of alleged offence from the opposite party at her home and upon refusal, the petitioner got angered and took away their 3 (three) years old daughter and left away the opposite party at her father’s home.
2. That the learned 1st Class Magistrate, Narsingdi took the case for holding trial. He framed the charge under section 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1980 against the petitioner and the charge was read over before the petitioner who claimed himself innocent and prayed for trial.
3. That in the trial only 4 (four) witnesses have been examined and defence examined none and after concluding the trial the petitioner was convicted under the aforesaid section and sentenced to suffer 1 (one) year and 6 (six) months rigorous imprisonment by the judgement and order dated 26.05.1998, passed by Mr. Md. Kutub Uddin, 1st Class Magistrate, Narsingdi.
4. That the petitioner consulted with his lawyer just after the conviction. His lawyer advised him not to file the appeal against the said conviction. The lawyer told the petitioner that he would not get any benefit in the appeal. The petitioner relied on wrong advice of his lawyer and refrained from preferring the appeal. Moreover, he did not get the conviction-warrant till arrest on 15.05.2008. The police arrested the petitioner on 15.05.2008 from his village home in connection with the said C.R. case and the petitioner came to know that the conviction-warrant was issued against him since passing the judgment.
5. That the petitioner consulted the learned advocate through his tadbirkar and instructed him to file an appeal against the conviction. The concerned lawyer informed him that the L.C.R. could not be found and without having the certified copy of the judgment, the appeal could not be filed. Thereafter, the petitioner raised an allegation through the Deputy Jailer against the said lawyer to the President of the Narsingdi District Bar. He alleged that he paid the fees of 8000.00 (eight thousand) taka to that lawyer for preparation and preferring the appeal but he failed to take any step in that regard.
6. That subsequent to his arrest on 15.05.2008, the petitioner engaged another lawyer through the tadbirkar. The said lawyer filed a memo of appeal on 29.05.08 together with an application for condonation of delay. He drafted the memo of appeal very negligently and without having any conference and consultation with the petitioner or his tadbirkar. Even he failed to mention the actual ground mentioned in paragraph Nos. 4 and 5 for condonation of delay.
7. That in addition to the negligence and wrong advice of the said lawyers, the learned Session Judge drew a wrong factual observation. He mentioned in his order, “It is fact that the accused had knowledge about the case but he did not face the trial. At the time of trial he was absconded. Trial was completed in absentia.” But in fact, the petitioner faced the trial and he was examined u/s 342. Only the judgment was pronounced in absentia on 26.05.1998. The learned Session Judge rejected the condonation of delay application and accordingly rejected the appeal by an order being No. 2 dated 08.06.2008.
8. That the lawyer did not even communicate the order being No. 2 dated 08.06.2008 to the petitioner. The petitioner thought that the said lawyer did not proceed with the appeal application.
9. Finally, the petitioner appointed another lawyer through the tadbirkar on 25.01.2009 and the lawyer obtained the certified copy of the judgment on 28.01.2009 and the learned lawyer filed a memo of appeal being Criminal Appeal no. 5/09 together with the condonation of delay petition. But after the filing of the said memo, it was revealed to the lawyer that there was a memo of appeal was filed and rejected earlier. Then the learned Lawyer having being informed about said rejection by the concerned department, not pressed that memo of appeal.
10. That for the reasons stated above the petitioner could not file the appeal in due time. Therefore, the appeal has been delayed for 3,893 days.
11. That it is submitted that there is a fair possibility of the petitioner being acquitted and fruitful purpose will be served if the delay is condoned, and the appeal is heard on merit.
12. That the petitioner is a law abiding citizen and he is always bound to obey any order of the Court but he could not prefer the appeal earlier as he was misguided by the wrong advice of his lawyer.
13. That it is submitted that the delay is unintentional and not willful rather the delay is due to circumstances beyond the control of the petitioner therefore, the delay should be condoned.
14. That the petitioner submits that for ends of justice this delay of 3,904 days in filing the appeal before the Learned Session Judge, Narsingdi may kindly be condoned and if it is not condoned the petitioner will suffer irreparable loss.
Wherefore, is most humbly prayed that your Lordships may graciously be pleased to issue a Rule upon the Opposite Party to show cause as to why the delay of 3,904 days in filing the appeal shall not be condoned, and after hearing the parties and perusing the case shown, if any, make the Rule absolute and pass such other or further order or orders as your Lordships would see fit and proper.
And for this act of kindness the petitioner, as in duty bound, shall ever pray.
A F F I D A V I T
I, …………………………………, son of …………………………, of village: ………………, P.S.: ………………………, District- ………………., aged about …….years, by occupation ………………….., by faith ________, by nationality Bangladeshi by birth do hereby solemnly affirm and say as follows:
1. That I am the tadbirkar of the Convict-Appellant/ Petitioner in the above mentioned case and fully conversant with the facts and circumstances of the case and competent to swear this Affidavit.
2. That the statements made in the application are true to my knowledge and belief and in witness whereof I swear this affidavit and signed below on the 5th day of April, 2009 at 10.00 a.m. before the Commissioner of affidavit.
|The deponent is known to me and
identified by me.