IN THE HIGH COURT OF HIMACHAL PRADESH, SHIMLA
Cr. MP (M) No. 561 of 2017
Decided on: 29th May, 2017
Ravinder Singh alias Ravi Kumar ….Petitioner.
State of Himachal Pradesh.
The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Chander Bhusan Barowalia, Judge.
Whether approved for reporting?1 No.
For the petitioner : Mr. Ashok Tyagi, Advocate.
For the respondent :
Mr. Virender K. Verma, Addl. AG,
with Mr. Pushpinder Jaswal, Dy.
Chander Bhusan Barowalia, Judge (oral).
The present bail application has been maintained by
the petitioner under Section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure
seeking his release in case FIR No. 375 of 2016, dated 22.11.2016,
under Sections 452 and 376 of Indian Penal Code, 1860
(hereinafter referred to as “IPC”), registered at Police Station Paonta
Sahib, District Sirmour, H.P.
2. As per the petitioner, he is innocent and has been
falsely implicated in the present case. He is resident of the place
and neither in a position to tamper with the prosecution evidence
nor in a position to flee from justice, so he may be released on bail.
Whether reporters of Local Papers may be allowed to see the judgment?
3. Police report stands filed. As per the prosecution, on
22.11.2016, the complainant, who is the husband of the
prosecutrix (name withheld), through a written complaint, reported
to the police that on 21.11.2016 around 01:30 p.m., when his wife
(prosecutrix) and son were in the house, the petitioner forcibly
entered the house and committed rape on the prosecutrix.
Thereafter, the petitioner fled away from the spot. When the
complainant reached his house, the prosecutrix narrated the
occurrence to him. On the subsequent morning, the complainant
reported the matter to the police. On the complaint of the
complainant, police registered an FIR and started investigation.
The police got conducted the medically examination of the
prosecutrix. The petitioner was arrested on 22.11.2016 and he
was also medically examined. The police also completed all the
codal formalities. As per the prosecution, in case the petitioner is
enlarged on bail, he may tamper with the prosecution evidence.
Lastly, the prosecution has prayed that the bail application of the
petitioner may be dismissed.
4. Heard. The learned counsel for the petitioner has
argued that the petitioner is innocent and has been falsely
implicated in the present case. He has further argued that the
petitioner is resident of the place and neither in a position to
tamper with the prosecution evidence nor to flee from justice. He
has prayed that the petitioner may be enlarged on bail.
Conversely, the learned Additional Advocate General, has argued
that the petitioner has committed a very serious crime and there
are chances that in case he is enlarged on bail, he may tamper
with the prosecution evidence and flee from justice. Lastly, he has
prayed that the bail application of the petitioner may be dismissed.
5. I have gone through the rival contentions of the parties
and the police report in detail.
6. At this stage, taking into consideration the age of the
petitioner, the age of the prosecutrix, the place where the offence
has been committed and presence of the small child at the place of
occurrence and also the fact that the petitioner, in case enlarged
on bail, is not in a position to tamper with the prosecution
evidence and he is not in a position to flee from justice, this Court
finds that the interests of justice would be met in case the
petitioner, who is behind the bars since long, is released on bail.
This Court also finds that no fruitful purpose will be served by
keeping the petitioner behind the bars for an unlimited period,
therefore, the present is a fit case where the judicial discretion to
admit the petitioner on bail is required to be exercised in his
favour. Accordingly, the present petition is allowed and it is
ordered that the petitioner, who has been arrested by the police of
Police Station Paonta Sahib, District Sirmour, in connection to FIR
No. 375 of 2016, dated 22.11.2016, under Sections 452 and 376
IPC, he shall be released on bail, subject to his furnishing personal
bond in the sum of `50,000/- (rupees fifty thousand) with one
surety in the like amount to the satisfaction of learned Trial Court.
The bail is granted subject to the following conditions:
(i) That the petitioner will appear before the
learned Trial Court as and when required.
(ii) That the petitioner will not leave India
without prior permission of the Court.
(iii) That the petitioner will not directly or
indirectly make any inducement, threat or
promise to any person acquainted with the
facts of the case so as to dissuade
him/her from disclosing such facts to the
Investigating Officer or Court.
7. In view of the above, the petition is disposed of.
(Chander Bhusan Barowalia)
29th May, 2017 Judge
Cr. MP (M) No.1575 of 2016
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