Haryana Judicial 2011 Criminal Law Question Paper

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Haryana Judicial 2011 Criminal Law Question Paper

Time: Three Hours Maximum Marks: 200

I. Candidates are required to attempt all questions in the same seriatim as they appear.
II. Marks are indicated against each question.
III. Support your answers with relevant provisions and case law.
IV. No extra Answer Sheet will be provided.

Q-1: (a) Mohan was an Engineer by profession. He was a bachelor and had lost his parents in an accident, when he was a small child. In 1995, Mohan met with a terrible accident where he was involved in a car crash, in which is legs were stuck in the debris. He had lost his consciousness also. After a great deal of effort, doctors managed to extricate him from the debris. But, he remained in a coma. There was no improvement in his condition till March 2005. The doctors treating him were in a fix as to whether they should turn off his life support system.
On April 10, 2005, a young girl was admitted to the hospital in which Mohan was being treated. She had multiple organ failure and required an urgent kidney and liver transplant. Mohan was known to be an activist who, before his accident, fought for the cause of organ transplantation. He had even received awards for his work in encouraging people to donate their kidneys and eyes. The doctors (a team of eight) took a decision to remove one of Mohan’s kidneys and a part of his liver and transplant it into the young girl. After the surgery was completed, Mohan miraculously regained consciousness. He sought to prosecute the doctors who operated on him and contended that the doctors were, inter alia, guilty of various offences under India Penal Code. Address the following issues:
(i) Mohan seeks to prosecute the doctors under Section 379 of IPC. He also seeks to prosecute them under Section 392 and 395 of IPC. Will he succeed? Give reasons.
(ii) Can the doctors take up necessity as a defence? Give cogent reasons.

(b) Samaresh was a student of National Institute of Epidemiology. One day, after completing his term examination, he decided to go to a local pub and have a drink. By the time he returned from the pub, he was highly intoxicated and in that state of intoxication, he entered the room of his neighbor in the hostel and set his mattress on fire. He was charged for offences under sections 436 and 447 of the Indian Penal Code. He wants to plead intoxication as defence. Advice him on the present law along with contemporary judicial reasoning. (10 Marks)

(c) Explain the offence of criminal conspiracy. How is it punishable? Distinguish between abetment and conspiracy. (10 Marks)

Q-2: (a) Discuss the Constitutional validity of section 497 of IPC in the light of case law. (10 Marks)

(b) Discuss the Fifth Exception to Section 499 IPC and the law relating to Contempt of Court in the light of case law. (10 Marks)

(c) Can an offence committed outside India, be tried in India under Indian Criminal Law (IPC & Cr. P.C.)? Explain in the light of case law. (10 Marks)

(d) Write a brief note on the nature of burden of proof on an accused who takes plea of insanity under the Indian Penal Code. Do you think that fairness demands that burden on prosecution should not be heavier? Refer to post Malimath development. (10 Marks)

Q-3: (a) A Hindu girl aged 17 years studying in B.A. was living under the care and protection of her parents. She was in intimacy with a shopkeeper named Mahesh running a shop near her house. One day the girl left her house and went to Mahesh and asked him to take her away permanently, who took her away to several places. He handed her over to one of his friend, Mr. Rumal who took her to Kolkata where he was arrested. Discuss the liability of Rumal and Mahesh. Can they be prosecuted under section 363 of the Indian Penal Code? Give reasons with relevant authorities. (10 Marks)

(b) Jagat Singh gave orders to a press to print 100 forms similar to those formerly used by a Coal Company. He had corrected the first proof and also suggested further corrections in the second proof in order to make it appear exactly like the form used by the Coal Company. At this stage Jagat Singh was arrested and charged with the offence of having attempted to make a false document. Decide and give reasons. (10 Marks)

(c) Amar Singh was arrested by custom officers while in possession of a suit case which he believed to contain prohibited drugs whereas on analysis the drugs in the suitcase were found to be only snuff or harmless vegetable matter. Amar Singh had admitted to the custom officers after his arrest that he was dealing in the prohibited drugs. He was charged under section 511 of the Indian Penal Code, with attempting to commit the offence of being knowingly concerned in dealing with and harboring prohibited drugs. Decide and give reasons. (10 Marks)

(d) How the trial of warrant cases instituted on police report is different from cases instituted otherwise than on police report? Elaborate the procedural differences between the two. (10 Marks)

Q.4: (a) “Every distinct offence of which any person is accused there shall be a separate charge and every such charge shall be tried separately”. Identify the aforesaid provision of Cr.P.C. and discuss seven exceptions to this rule. (10 Marks)

(b) Outline the cardinal provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure at the time of commencement of proceedings before magistrates that uphold the virtue of fair trial. (10 Marks)

(c) Discuss provision of bail available to an under trial under sections 436 and 437 of Cr.P.C. vis-à-vis section 436A inserted by the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, 2005. Evaluate the significance of insertion of section 436A in Cr. P.C. (10 Marks)

(d) Write short notes on the following:-
(i) Difference between “Discharge” and “Acquittal”.
(ii) Effect of “Error in Framing Charge”. (10 Marks)

Q. 5: (a) List the situation when evidence of bad character can also be given. Do you think that Indian law of evidence is based on law and not on logic? (10 Marks)

(b) State the provisions of law and give reasons as to relevancy of the following facts:
(i) In a case of homicide against ‘X’, prosecution produces a statement of ‘Y’. “I heard the cries and saw the dead body”.
(ii) In case of an identity of carcass recovered from a pond, ‘the production of super imposed photograph of deceased over the skeleton’ by the prosecution. (10 Marks)

(c) What is the evidentiary value of FIR and in what cases FIR may become substantive evidence? (10 Marks)

(d) (i) Arun, on his trial before the Court of Sessions, says that a deposition was improperly taken by Bir Singh, the Magistrate. Can Bir Singh be called as a witness and compelled to answer the questions as to the deposition which is alleged to be improperly taken? (5 Marks)
(ii) If Arun is an accused before the Court of Sessions of attempting to murder while on his trial before Ram Singh, a Session Judge. Can Ram Singh be examined as to what happened before him? (5 Marks)

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