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Unknown vs State Of Gujarat on 16 January, 2018

R/CR.MA/31420/2017 ORDER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD
CRIMINAL MISC.APPLICATION (FOR ANTICIPATORY BAIL) NO. 31420 of
2017

LAKHAN @ LALO KISHORDAS VAISHNAV 3….Applicant(s)
Versus
STATE OF GUJARAT….Respondent(s)

Appearance:
MR ASHISH M DAGLI, ADVOCATE for the Applicant(s) No. 1 – 4
MR JK SHAH ADDITIONAL PUBLIC PROSECUTOR for the Respondent(s)
No. 1

CORAM: HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE G.R.UDHWANI

Date : 16/01/2018

ORAL ORDER

1. Appearance of the learned advocate for the original complainant 
be recorded. 

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 376, 376(2), 366, 506(1),  114 of the Indian Penal Code 
( for short ‘the Act’) and Section 67A of the I.T.Act   for which FIR came 
to be registered at C.R. No. I­ 39 of 2017 with Khadia  Police Station.

3. Learned  advocate  appearing  on  behalf   of  the  applicants  would 

submit  that  considering  the  nature  of offence,  the  applicants  may  be 

enlarged on anticipatory bail by imposing suitable conditions. Learned 

Advocate for the applicants on instructions states that the applicants are 

ready and willing to abide by all the conditions, including the condition 

with regard to the powers of Investigating Agency to seek remand of the 

petitioners; subject to the petitioner right to oppose it. 

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4.  On   the   other   hand,   the   learned   APP   appearing   for   the 

respondent­State has opposed this application. 

5 Having   considered   the   rival   contentions   including   that   of   the 

complainant it is noticed from the papers produced with the petition that 

initially the statement of the prosecutrix aged 23 years  was recorded on 

26.10.2017   wherein   she   pleaded   live   in   relations,   voluntary   sexual 

encounters with the petitioner no.1 and made the positive assertion that 

she had love affair with the petitioner no.1 and she has no complaint 

against anyone, in the FIR lodged after about a month the prosecutrix 

has   come   out   with   entirely   contrary   version   to   the   one   made   on 

26.10.2017.

5.1 In addition to what is stated above, the learned counsel for the 

petitioners has produced copies of the all photographs of the petitioner 

no.1 and the prosecutrix to show that their relations were intimate and 

cordial between the two. 

6. According   to   the   learned   counsel   for   the   complainant,   the 

prosecutrix had gone with the petitioner no.1 with an understanding that 

he would with her and allowed him to establish physical relations with 

her only with an understanding that he would marry her.   Nowhere in 

the complaint or in other statement noted hereinabove such a statement 

is found.

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7. In the circumstances, the case for bail in anticipation of the  arrest 

of the petitioner no.1 is made out in absence on apprehension against 

him tampering with the evidence, threatening the witnesses or fleeing 

from trial. 

8. So far as other petitioners are concerned they are accused only 

as   abettor,     the   case   against   them   is   that   they   had   induced   and 

instigated   the   prosecutrix   to   go   and   establish   relations   with   the 

petitioner no.1. 

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

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

at  C.R. No.I­39 of 2017 at Khadia Police Station,  the applicants shall 

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

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

the following conditions that they shall:

(a) cooperate with the investigation and make themselves 

available for interrogation whenever required;

(b) remain present at the concerned Police Station on 

22.01.2018 between 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.;

(c) applicant no. 1 will not enter into limits of Khadia 

Police Station;

(d) not directly or indirectly make any inducement, threat 

or promise  to any  person  acquainted  with the fact  of the 

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case so as to dissuade him/them from disclosing such facts 

to the court or to any police officer;

(e) not obstruct or hamper the police investigation and not 

to  play  mischief  with  the  evidence  collected  or  yet  to  be 

collected by the police;

(f) at the time of execution of bond, furnish the address to 

the investigating officer and the court concerned and shall 

not change their residence till the final disposal of the case 

till further orders;

(g) 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 

(h) 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 

applicants.   The   applicants   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 

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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   applicants,   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   absolute   to   the   above   extent.  Direct   service  is 

permitted. 

(G.R.UDHWANI, J.)

niru*

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