S. 7 read with section 417 of Cr.P.C.–Offence u/s 13 pf Arms Ordinance–Acquittal of respondent–Appeal against–Appeal filed after a delay of more than four months–Status–It is not a mistake but delay caused due to lack of diligence and carelessness–No cogent and valid reasons which restrained State from filing appeal in time–An appeal against acquittal could not be entertained unless filed within requisite period of limitation and when filed thereafter, unless it is shown that such delay was due to act of acquitted co-accused or by some circumstances of compelling nature beyond control of appellant including state–Appeal dismissed in limine.

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