Tuesday 12 November 2019

Whether causing simple hurt can be treated as crime involving moral turpitude for taking disciplinary action against employee??

There can be no manner of doubt about certain offences which can straightaway be termed as involving moral turpitude e.g. offences under the Prevention of Corruption of Act, NDPS Act, etc. The question that arises for our consideration in this case is whether an offence involving bodily injury can be categorized as a crime involving moral turpitude. In this case, we are concerned with an assault. It is very difficult to state that every assault is not an offence involving moral turpitude. A simple assault is different from an aggravated assault. All cases of assault or simple hurt cannot be categorized as crimes involving moral turpitude. On the other hand, the use of a dangerous weapon which can cause the death of the victim may result in an offence involving moral turpitude. In the instant case, there was no motive for the Respondent to cause the death of the victims. The criminal courts below found that the injuries caused to the victims were simple in nature. On an overall consideration of the facts of this case, we are of the opinion that the crime committed by the Respondent does not involve moral turpitude. As the Respondent is not guilty of an offence involving moral turpitude, he is not liable to be discharged from service.


Civil Appeal No. 7011 of 2009

Decided On: 26.04.2019

 The State Bank of India  Vs.  P. Soupramaniane

Hon'ble Judges/Coram:
L. Nageswara Rao and M.R. Shah, JJ.

Citation: AIR 2019 SC 2187

L. Nageswara Rao, J.
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