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The Gold Melting Case.

In the gold melting case, about which opinions of the Judges of the Chief Court of Mysore were reported previously, Mr. Justice Chandrasekhara Iyer has passed final orders [in Bangalore]. In this case one Chettan Muniswamy who was found to be in possession of a piece of gold was charged under the Mines Regulation for being in possession of “unwrought” gold. The First Class Magistrate of Kolar Gold Field discharged the accused taking the view that the gold was probably the product of old jewellery melted. On reference by the District Magistrate the matter came up to Chief Court and where the full bench who expressed opinions as to whether prohibition contained in Section 12 of Mysore Mines Regulation 1916 applies to a person who is not a goldsmith or gold dealer or a mining proprietor or his accredited agent, and secondly whether gold which is the product of melting of jewellery comes within the definition of “Unwrought Gold” for the purpose of the Regulation, Mr. Chandrasekhara Iyer in passing order, thought that the grounds on which First Class Magistrate of Kolar Gold Field based his order of discharge were clearly erroneous in view of the opinion pronounced by the Full Bench of the Chief Court. They did not however consider it necessary to direct a retrial, the act of the accused not being more than a technical offence deserving a purely nominal sentence.

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