Unknown vs State Of Gujarat on 15 September, 2017

R/CR.MA/18591/2017 ORDER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD

CRIMINAL MISC.APPLICATION (FOR ANTICIPATORY BAIL) NO. 18591 of
2017

GAURANG NATVARBHAI PRAJAPATI….Applicant(s)
Versus
STATE OF GUJARAT….Respondent(s)

Appearance:
MR KARTIK V PANDYA, ADVOCATE for the Applicant(s) No. 1
MR. BAKUL S PANCHAL, ADVOCATE for the Respondent(s) No. 1
MR LR POOJARI ADDITIONAL PUBLIC PROSECUTOR for the Respondent(s)
No. 1

CORAM: HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE G.R.UDHWANI

Date : 15/09/2017

ORAL ORDER

1. Heard learned  Advocate for the applicant,  learned advocate for 

the original complainant and learned APP for the respondent­State.

2. This   application   is   filed   seeking   bail   under   Section   438   of   the 

Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 in respect of the offences punishable 

under  Sections  496,  420,  376 and  313  of the  Indian  Penal  Code  for 

which FIR came to be registered at C.R. No. I­ 189 of 2017 with Naroda 

Police Station.

3. Anticipatory bail is sought by the petitioner on the ground that the 

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allegations   made   against   the   petitioner   in   the   FIR   are   false   and 

baseless.   For   that   purpose,   reliance   has   been   placed   upon   certain 

audio recordings representing the conversation between the petitioner 

and the prosecutrix ranging between the track 1 and track 17.  During 

the pendency of this petition, following developments as recorded in the 

order dated 09.08.2017 and 29.8.2017 took place.

4. In conformity with the said development, a report by Directorate 

of Forensic Science dated 13.09.2017 has been submitted confirming 

that conversation in the above 17 tracks between the two persons is not 

tampered with and the conversation matche with the voice sample of 

the petitioner and the prosecutrix. Learned counsel for the petitioner has 

relied upon the said tracks more particularly track nos. 15, 16 and 17 

and would contend that the allegations made in the FIR that prosecutrix 

was cheated by withholding the information from her about the marital 

status of the petitioner having four children is false. 

5. Learned Advocate for the applicant on instructions states that the 

applicant is ready and willing to abide by all the conditions, including 

impositions   of   conditions   with   regard   to   the   powers   of   Investigating 

Agency to file an application before the competent court for his remand. 

He   would   further   submit   that   upon   filing   of   such   application   by   the 

Investigating   Agency,   the   right   of   applicant   accused   to   oppose   such 

application on merits may be kept open.

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6. Learned APP and the learned counsel for the complainant would 

contend that the offence of serious nature has been committed by the 

petitioner and that after concealing the marital status with four children 

out  of the existing  marriage  a false  promise  to marry  the  prosecutrix 

was given by the petitioner and on that basis, her consent was obtained 

for   physical   relations.   It   was   submitted   that   therefore,   custodial 

interrogation   of   the   petitioner   is   necessary   and   he   should   be   denied 

anticipatory bail.

7. This Court would have appreciated the above referred facts; but 

for the parties not inclined to invite the reasoned order for admitting the 

petitioner to bail in anticipation of his arrest. Suffice it to say that the 

case   for   anticipatory   bail   is   made   out   considering   the   investigation 

papers   and   the   documents   annexed   with   petition   including   above 

referred facts.

9. In the result, this application is allowed.  It is directed  that in the 

event of arrest of the applicant herein in connection with FIR registered 

at C.R. No.I­ 189 of 2017 with Naroda Police Station, the applicant shall 

be released  on bail  on his furnishing  a personal  bond of Rs.10,000/­ 

(Rupees ten thousands only) with one surety each of the like amount on 

the following conditions that he shall:

(a) cooperate with the investigation and make themselves 

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available for interrogation whenever required;

(b)   remain   present   at   the   concerned   Police   Station   on 
19.09.2017 between 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.;

(c) not directly or indirectly make any inducement, threat or 
promise to any person acquainted with the fact of the case 
so as to dissuade him/them from disclosing such facts to 
the court or to any police officer;

(d) not obstruct or hamper the police investigation and not 
to  play  mischief  with  the  evidence  collected  or  yet  to  be 
collected by the police;

(e) at the time of execution of bond, furnish the address to 
the investigating officer and the court concerned and shall 
not change his residence till the final disposal of the case 
till further orders;

(f) not leave India without the permission of the Court and if 
having   passport,   shall   deposit   the   same   before   the   Trial 
Court within a week; and 

(g) it would be open to the Investigating Officer to file an 
application for remand if he considers it proper and just and 
the learned Magistrate would decide the same on merits;

10. Despite this order, it would be open for the Investigating Agency 

to apply to the competent Magistrate, for Police remand of the applicant. 

The applicant shall remain present before the learned Magistrate on the 

first   date   of   hearing   of   such   application   and   on   all   subsequent 

occasions, as may be directed by the learned Magistrate. This would be 

sufficient to treat the accused in the judicial custody for the purpose of 

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entertaining  application  of the  prosecution  for police  remand.  This  is, 

however,   without   prejudice   to   the   right   of   the   accused   to   seek   stay 

against an order of remand, if, ultimately, granted, and the power of the 

learned Magistrate to consider such a request in accordance with law. It 

is clarified that the applicant, even if, remanded to the Police custody, 

upon   completion   of   such   period   of   Police   remand,   shall   be   set   free 

immediately, subject to other conditions of this anticipatory bail order.

11. At the trial, the Trial Court shall not be influenced by the prima­

facie observations made by this Court while enlarging the applicant on 

bail.  Rule is made is made absolute. Direct service is permitted.

(G.R.UDHWANI, J.)

niru*

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