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Tapas Kumar Datta vs The Appellate Authority And … on 14 December, 2017

2. This case has a long and tumultuous history. The appeal before
this Court has reached after having gone through multiple
forums. The controversy in the present case started when the
appellant married with Smt.Nivedita Dutta on 10.12.1982 in
Kolkata. On 09.03.1985 the appellant‟s wife succumbed to burn

RFA No.743/2016 Page 1 of 12
injuries and the police filed a charge sheet against the appellant
under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (in short „IPC‟)
read with Sections 3 & 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act. The
appellant was convicted by the Sessions Court under Section
306/498 IPC read with Section 3 and 4 of the Dowry
Prohibition Act on 25.04.1988. The High Court of Patna
(Ranchi Bench) upheld the conviction of the appellant but
reduced the sentence from 10 years Rigorous Imprisonment to 5
years Rigorous Imprisonment. The appellant then filed a SLP
before the Hon‟ble Supreme Court against the judgment of the
High Court being SLP (Crl.) No.947/1990 which was disposed
off on 01.11.1996 and the conviction of the appellant was
upheld but the sentence was reduced to the period he had
already undergone.

Source: IK



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