Nagpur: In a rare instance of its kind, the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has directed the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Saoner to decide the 70-year old woman’s regular criminal case within four months. “The petitioner is a senior citizen and the case is pending since 2007,” the High Court observed while directing the JMFC to decide the case expeditiously.
The petitioner is Hansabai, widow of Onkar Patil, resident of Suradevi, Tehsil Kamptee, district Nagpur.
During the hearing held before a division bench of Justice Z A Haq and Justice Vinay Joshi on Monday, the lawyer representing the petitioner has pointed out that the Roznama which shows that there is no progress in the matter since January, 2018, after this Court remitted the matter to the trial court. Considering the fact that the Regular Criminal Case is pending since 2007 and the petitioner — informant is aged about 70 years, the JMFC Saoner be directed to decide the Regular Criminal Case No. 190/2007 expeditiously and in any case, till August 9, 2019.
After hearing the lawyer representing the petitioner, Justice Z A Haq and Justice Vinay Joshi observed that considering the nature of grievance of the petitioner, the petition is taken up for final disposal. This petition is filed by the informant-lady (aged about 70 years) praying that learned Magistrate be directed to decide the Regular Criminal Case No. 190/2007 expeditiously.
In view of disposal of the criminal writ petition, the application praying for grant of time to file typed copy of Roznama does not survive, hence, it is disposed. The High Court directed the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class Saoner to decide the senior woman’s regular criminal case within four months.
Adv A S Tiwari represented the petitioner senior woman while S M Ukey, Addl. Public Prosecutor, appeared for respondent – State of Maharashtra.