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Savitaben Budhabhai Prajapati vs State Of Gujarat on 21 February, 2018

R/CR.MA/4358/2018 ORDER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD

CRIMINAL MISC.APPLICATION (FOR ANTICIPATORY BAIL) NO. 4358 of
2018

SAVITABEN BUDHABHAI PRAJAPATI….Applicant(s)
Versus
STATE OF GUJARAT….Respondent(s)

Appearance:
MR SS SAIYED, ADVOCATE for the Applicant(s) No. 1
MR RAKESH PATEL, APP for the Respondent(s) No. 1

CORAM: HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE J.B.PARDIWALA

Date : 21/02/2018

ORAL ORDER

1 Rule   returnable   forthwith.   Mr.   Rakesh  Patel,   the   learned   A.P.P. 
waives  service  of  notice  of  rule  for  and on  behalf  of  the  respondent­
State.

2 By way of the present application under Section 438 of the Code 
of Criminal Procedure, 1973, the applicant ­ original accused has prayed 
to   release   her   on   anticipatory   bail   in   the   event   of   her   arrest   in 
connection with the First Information Report being C.R. No.I­11 of 2018 
registered with the Ghatlodia Police Station, District: Ahmedabad for 
the offence punishable under Sections 498A and 306 of the Indian Penal 
Code.

3 The learned advocate appearing on behalf of the applicant would 
submit that considering the nature of the offence, the applicant may be 

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enlarged on anticipatory bail by imposing suitable conditions.

4 On the other hand, the learned APP appearing on behalf of the 
respondent­State has opposed this application for grant of anticipatory 
bail to the applicant looking to the nature and gravity of the offence.

5 I have heard the learned advocates appearing for the respective 
parties,   perused   the   investigation   papers   and   have   also   taken   into 
consideration   the   facts   of   the   case,   nature   of   the   allegations,   role 
attributed to the applicant­accused, and without discussing the evidence 
in detail, at this stage, I am inclined to grant anticipatory bail to the 
applicant. The following aspects are taken into consideration;

[1] It appears on plain reading of the F.I.R. that the  applicant, 
who happens to be the mother­in­law of the deceased, wanted her 
son and daughter­in­law to reside separately. This is one unusual 
case in which the son and the daughter­in­law were very reluctant 
to leave the applicant and start residing separately. As the son and 
the deceased i.e. his wife continued to reside with the applicant, 
some   altercation   as   regards   household   used   to   take   place. 
Considering the fact that the applicant is a lady aged 50 years and 
no other  allegations of  any  incessant harassment  or  torture  are 
levelled, a case for anticipatory bail is made out.

6 This Court has also taken into consideration the law laid down by 
the Hon’ble Apex Court in the case of  Siddharam Satlingappa Mhetre 
vs. State of Maharashtra and Others, reported in [2011] 1 SCC 6941, 
wherein   the  Hon’ble   Apex  Court  reiterated  the   law  laid  down  by  the 
Constitutional   Bench   in   the   case   of  Shri  Gurubaksh  Singh  Sibbia   
Others, reported in (1980) 2 SCC 665.

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7 The 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   the 
Investigating Agency to file an application before the competent court 
for   her   remand.   He   would   further   submit   that   upon   filing   of   such 
application   by   the   Investigating   Agency,   the   right   of   the   applicant­
accused to oppose such application on merits may be kept open.

8 In the result, the present application is allowed by directing that in 
the event of arrest of the applicant herein in connection with the First 
Information Report being being  C.R. No.I­11 of 2018 registered with 
the Ghatlodia Police Station, District: Ahmedabad, the applicant shall 
be released on bail on her furnishing a personal bond of Rs.10,000/­ 
(Rupees ten thousand only) with one surety of the like amount on the 
following conditions that she shall:

(a) cooperate with the investigation and make herself available 
for interrogation whenever required;

(b)   remain   present   at   the   concerned   Police   Station   on  23rd 
February 2018 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 facts of the case so 
as to dissuade her/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   her   residence   till   the   final   disposal   of   the   case   till 
further orders;

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(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 just and proper and 
the learned Magistrate would decide the same on merits;

9 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 rights of the accused to seek stay against an 
order of remand if, ultimately, granted, and the powers of the learned 
Magistrate to consider such a request in accordance with law. 

10 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 the 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. Direct service is permitted.

(J.B.PARDIWALA, J.)
chandresh

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