Excise  has jurisdiction  to  pass  order  for  release  of  seized  vehicle  during pendency  of  trial: Patna High Court.

  1. A writ Petition was filled by Manoj  Ram  S/o-  Late  Krishan  Ram,  Resident  of  Village- Kondi,  P.S.Pandarak, District- Patna against The  State  of Bihar through  the  Principal  Secretary, Excise,  Patna and Ors. The dictum in the Manoj Ram v. State of Bihar (CWJC No.3644 of 2022) was served by the bench of  HONOURABLE THE CHIEF JUSTICE and  HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE S. KUMAR


This case was a writ Petition filled before the Court for the issuance  of  writ  in  the  nature of  mandamus. The petitioner in this case that is, Manoj  Ram was alleged to be found in the drunken condition and consequently the  vehicle got seized  by  the SHO  of  Bhadaur  Police Station,  District  Patna  in Bhadaur  P.S.  Case No.  87/2021  registered  U/s  37(b) of  the Bihar  Prohibition Excise  Act, 2016. The petitioner asked the Court to command and direct the respondent to   release   the  vehicle of  the  petitioner which  has been seized.Further the petitioner also asked the Court to direction  its   respondent  authority  to take final  decision with regard to release  the vehicle and for  any  other  relief/reliefs  for which  the petitioner  is  found to be entitled in the eye  of  law. Moreover the petitioner submitted that no  illicit  liquor  was  recovered from  the  vehicle,  as  such seized  vehicle  is not  liable  for confiscation.Further the Petitioner also stated that the vehicle is not liable  for  confiscation  under Section  56  of the  Excise  Act,  as such,  bar of  jurisdiction  in confiscation  under  section  60  of  the Excise Is  not  applicable.

Judgement :

After going through the arguments and issues, the Bench held that the Special Court, Excise has jurisdiction  to  pass  order  for  release  of seized  vehicle  during pendency  of  trial. More so the Court also stated that the Petitioner would  be  at  liberty  to  file  a  petition  before the  Special  Court,  Excise  under  Section  451 of  Cr.P.C.    and  if any  such  petition  is  filed for  release  of  vehicle  the  Special Court, Excise  shall  dispose  of  such  petition  within 30  days  from the date  of  its  filing. Consequently the Court   disposed   of   the petition with   the   aforesaid observations/directions


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