Criminal revision petition in absence of the Revisionist must be considered on merits: SC

The Supreme Court (SC), in an appeal filed by the revisionist against the dismissal of criminal revision petition by the Allahabad High Court (AHC), observed that in absence of a party (revisionist) or its counsel, the Court adjudicating the revision petition must consider the case on its merits. The SC, observing that since the case was not considered on its merits, held that the AHC’s order is a non-reasoned order and further, that “When an adverse order would affect the personal liberty of a person, the fact that he is a convict cannot be a reason to deprive him of fair treatment in the matter of consideration of his revision petition in the manner prescribed by this Court….