IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD
CRIMINAL MISC.APPLICATION (FOR REGULAR BAIL) NO. 1243 of 2018
BHAVESH BHANJIBHAI SOLANKI….Applicant(s)
STATE OF GUJARAT 1….Respondent(s)
ASHWINI K MEHTA, ADVOCATE for the Applicant(s) No. 1
DS AFF.NOT FILED (R) for the Respondent(s) No. 2
MR MITESH AMIN PUBLIC PROSECUTOR for the Respondent(s) No. 1
CORAM: HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE S.H.VORA
Date : 07/02/2018
Learned Public Prosecutor Mr. Amin states at bar that
the respondent No.2 is served.
1. Heard learned advocate Ms. Ashwini Mehta for the
applicant and learned PP for the respondent State.
2. This application is filed under Section 439 of the Code of
Criminal Procedure for regular bail in connection with F.I.R.
registered at C.R. No. I – 46/2017 with Saila Police Station,
Surendranagar for the offences punishable under Sections
363, 366 and 376(2), 114 of the IPC and u/s 3(1), 4, 6 and 17
of the POCSO Act.
3. Learned advocate Ms. Ashwini Mehta for the applicant
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has submitted that the applicant and the prosecutrix were in
love with each other and the prosecutrix accompanied the
applicant of her own and thereby, abandoned the
guardianship of her parents voluntarily.
4. Learned PP, while opposing the application, has
submitted that at the relevant time, the prosecutrix was aged
16 years 08 months. She being the minor, the question of
consent does not arise and therefore, the offence u/s 376 read
with POCSO Act has been committed and therefore, the
applicant may not be enlarged on bail.
5. Heard learned advocates appearing for the respective
parties in great detail and perused the records.
6. This is an unusual case of boy and girl having affair. As
the prosecutrix was minor, the applicant is sent behind prison
because of the complaint lodged by the father of the
prosecutrix. Undoubtedly, a minor girl is to be protected
under law as there are number of instances of sexual abuses
of minor girls and therefore, there is a special legislation of
POCSO in the year 2012 and amendment in sections 375 and
376 of the IPC in 2014. The judiciary takes a very serious
note of sexual offences against women and specially against
minor girls. Upon reading of the statement of the prosecutrix,
they both eloped. Further, the trial Court rejected bail
application mainly on the ground that the girl is minor and her
consent is immaterial.
7. In the present case, the prosecutrix is 16 years 08
months old and the accused is 20 years old. It appears from
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the record and the statement of the prosecutrix that the
prosecutrix was in love with the applicant and left the home of
her own and moved with the applicant at various places.
These are the mitigating factors and therefore, present
application deserves consideration.
8. Hence, the application is allowed and the applicant is
ordered to be released on bail in connection with C.R. No. I –
46/2017 with Saila Police Station, Surendranagar on
executing a bond of Rs.10,000/-(Rupees Ten Thousand
only) with one surety of the like amount to the satisfaction of
the trial Court and subject to the conditions that the applicant
[a] not take undue advantage of liberty or misuse
[b] not act in a manner injurious to the interest of
[c] not leave the territory of India without prior
permission of the Sessions Judge concerned;
[d] appear before the Investigation Officer
concerned, as and when required for
investigation purpose and attend the Court
[e] furnish the present address of residence along
with the proof to the I.O. concerned and also
to the Court at the time of execution of the
bond and shall not change the residence
without prior permission of Sessions Court
9. The competent authority will release the applicant only if
the applicant is not required in connection with any other
offence for the time being. If breach of any of the above
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conditions is committed, the Sessions Judge concerned will be
free to take appropriate action in the matter. Bail bond to be
executed before the lower court having jurisdiction to try the
case. It will be open for the concerned Court to delete, modify
and/or relax any of the above conditions in accordance with
law. At the trial, the trial court shall not be influenced by the
observations of preliminary nature, qua the evidence at this
stage, made by this Court while enlarging the applicant on
10. Rule made absolute to the aforesaid extent. Direct
service is permitted.
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