Gaurang Natwarbhai Prajapati vs State Of Gujarat & 2 on 19 December, 2017

R/CR.MA/25131/2017 ORDER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD

CRIMINAL MISC.APPLICATION (FOR QUASHING SET ASIDE
FIR/ORDER) NO. 25131 of 2017

GAURANG NATWARBHAI PRAJAPATI….Applicant(s)
Versus
STATE OF GUJARAT 2….Respondent(s)

Appearance:
MR YASH N NANAVATY, ADVOCATE for the Applicant(s) No. 1
MS. THAKKAR, ADDL. PUBLIC PROSECUTOR for the RESPONDENT(s) No.
1

CORAM: HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE J.B.PARDIWALA

Date : 19/12/2017

ORAL ORDER

1. This application is not pressed as during the pendency of
the same, charge-sheet has been filed. According to the
learned counsel appearing for the applicant, there is no case
worth the name to prosecute the applicant. It is submitted that
the victim has lodged a false first information report only with
a view to extort money. She has been blackmailing the
applicant since a long period of time. My attention is also
drawn to an order passed by this Court dated 15 th September,
2017 in the Criminal Misc. Application No.18591 of 2017
releasing the accused-applicant on anticipatory bail. In the
order passed by this Court, releasing the applicant on
anticipatory bail, the following has been observed;

1.   Heard   learned   Advocate   for   the   applicant,   learned  
advocate for the original complainant and learned APP for  

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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 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   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;

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(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 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  
prima­facie   observations   made   by   this   Court   while  

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enlarging   the   applicant   on   bail.   Rule   is   made   is   made  
absolute. Direct service is permitted.”

2. Since the charge sheet has been filed, I am not inclined
to entertain this application. It shall be open for the applicant
to file a discharge application before the Trial Court. If any
such application for discharge is filed, the Trial Court shall
consider the case expeditiously in accordance with law keeping
in mind the observations of this Court in the order dated 15 th
September, 2017 referred to above.

3. With the above, this application is disposed of.

Direct service is permitted.

(J.B.PARDIWALA, J.)
Vahid

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