Judgement of the Supreme Court of India regarding confiscation of vehicles carrying teak wood by Forest Development Corporation, Dhuma District, Seoni, Madhya Pradesh, 08/05/2017
Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of State of Madhya Pradesh & Others Vs Kallo Bai dated 08/05/2017 regarding confiscation of vehicles by the Forest Development Corporation, Dhuma District, Seoni for carrying teak wood without the requisite documents. The offence was registered under Madhya Pradesh Van Upaj (Vyapar Viniyam) Adhiniyam, 1969. The broad scheme of the Adhiniyam is to punish those who are in contravention of the law at the hand of the criminal court. The confiscation being incidental and ancillary to the conviction, State of Madhya Pradesh, separated the process of confiscation from the process of prosecution.
Supreme Court sets aside the judgment of the High Court which had said that the confiscation under the law was not permissible unless the guilt of the accused is completely established.