Court compares man with Kumbh Karan for making delayed plea

A sessions court has compared the accused with mythological character Kumbh Karan, the brother of demon king Ravana of epic Ramayana.

Last Updated: Mar 21, 2011, 23:36 PM IST

New Delhi: For taking nearly three years to
challenge a magisterial court`s order for his trial in a
cheating case, a sessions court has compared the accused with
mythological character Kumbh Karan, the brother of demon king
Ravana of epic Ramayana.

Additional Sessions Judge M R Sethi was irked with the
accused, who after moving the court after three long years,
went on to miss three dates of hearing of his appeal in the
sessions court on three consecutive days early this month.

"Kumbh Karan used to sleep for six months in a year and
used to remain awake for six months. The petitioner before
this court is no less," ASJ Sethi noted in his order, while
dismissing the appeal of accused Suraj Bhan Jindal.

Jindal had moved the sessions court on March 8 this year
against the magisterial court`s April 1, 2008 order that put
him on trial in a cheating case along with two others.

Charges were framed against Jindal and two others for
offences related to cheating and criminal conspiracy in a case
registered at Moti Nagar police station here.

But after filing his petition before the sessions court,
that too after a delay of nearly three years, Jindal again
went into slumber, not appearing before the court on three
consecutive dates in his case -- March 9, 10 and 11.

He missed the court despite pleading in his appeal to it
to condone his delay in filing the appeal, saying that he had
not discussed the issue of filing of revision with his counsel
earlier.

The court dismissed his petition saying, "The said ground
cannot be held sufficient entitling the petitioner to
condonation of delay. Reasons for delay have not been
justified."

"This court is of considered opinion that neither there
is any ground to condone the delay in filing the revision
petition nor the revision petition is liable to be accepted on
merits," it added.

PTI