Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Gangula Mohan Reddy Appellant versus State of Andhra Pradesh Respondent
Date of Decision(mm/dd/yy): 1/5/2010.Criminal Appeal No. 1301 of 2002

Judge(s): Hon'ble Mr. Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Hon'ble Mr. Justice A.K. Patnaik.

Indian Penal Code, 1860 — Section 306 — abetment of suicide — trial Court convicted the appellant under Section 306, IPC and sentenced him to imprisonment for 10 years and fine of Rs. 10,000/- for harassing his agriculture labour and levelled allegation of theft of ornaments upon him, who after 2 days committed suicide — High Court upheld the appellant's conviction and reduced sentence of 10 years RI to 5 years — appeal — held that without a positive act on the part of the accused to instigate or intentionally aiding in committing suicide, conviction cannot be sustained — appeal allowed — appellant acquitted.

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