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Sureshbhai Maheshbhai @ … vs State Of Gujarat on 8 February, 2018

R/CR.MA/26051/2017 ORDER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD

CRIMINAL MISC.APPLICATION (FOR ANTICIPATORY BAIL) NO. 26051 of
2017

SURESHBHAI MAHESHBHAI @ BIHARILAL MALI 5….Applicant(s)
Versus
STATE OF GUJARAT….Respondent(s)

Appearance:
MR IH SYED, ADVOCATE WITH MR TUSHAR CHAUDHARY, ADVOCATE for the
Applicant(s) No. 1 – 6
MR HRIDAY BUCH, ADVOCATE WITH MR VR HALANI, ADVOCATE for the
Respondent(s) No. 1
MS MOXA THAKKAR, APP for the Respondent(s) No. 1

CORAM: HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE J.B.PARDIWALA

Date : 08/02/2018

ORAL ORDER

1 By way of the present application under Section 438 of the Code 
of Criminal Procedure, 1973, the applicants ­ original accused persons 
have prayed to release them on anticipatory bail in the event of their 
arrest   in   connection   with   the  First   Information   Report   being  I­69   of 
2017   registered   with   the   Deesa   North   Police   Station,   District: 
Banaskantha  of the offence punishable under Sections 498A, 406, 323 
and 328 read with 114 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 3 and 7 of 
the Dowry Prohibition Act. 

2 The learned advocate appearing on behalf of the applicants would 
submit that considering the nature of the offence, the applicants may be 
enlarged on anticipatory bail by imposing suitable conditions.

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3 On the other hand, the learned A.P.P. appearing on behalf of the 

respondent­State has opposed this application for grant of anticipatory 
bail to the applicants looking to the nature and gravity of the offence.

4 The following aspects are taken into consideration:

[1] The most important aspect is the order passed by this Court 
dated   1st  February   2018   in   the   Special   Criminal   Application 
No.472 of 2018, which reads as under:

“1  By this writ application  under  Article 226 of the Constitution  of  
India, the writ applicant has prayed for the following reliefs:

8(a)   Your   Lordships   may   be   pleased   to   admit   and   allow   this  
petition. 

(b) Your Lordships may be pleased to issue writ of mandamus or  
any   other   appropriate   writ,   order   or   direction   transferring   the  
investigation of First Information Report being C.R. No.I­69/2017  
registered   with   Deesa   North   Police   Station   to   the   Deputy  
Superintendent   of   Police,   Banaskantha   and/or   to   any   other  
independent   agency  and   thereby   further   be  pleased   to  direct   the  
said agency to carry out proper investigation. 

(c) Your Lordships may be pleased to issue writ of mandamus or  
any   other   appropriate   writ,   order   or   direction   ordering   the  
investigation   of   the   First   Information   Report   being   C.R.   No.I­
69/2017   registered   with   Deesa   North   Police   Station   under   the  
supervision   of   the   respondent   no.2­   District   Superintendent   of  
Police, Banaskantha. 

(d) Pending admission, final hearing and disposal of this petition,  
Your Lordships may be pleased to direct the respondent no.3 herein  
to submit detailed report of the investigation carried out so far in  
connection with First Information Report being C.R. No.I­69/2017  
registered with Deesa North Police Station. 

(e) Your Lordships may be pleased to pass any other and further  
orders as may be deemed fit and proper.

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2  The writ applicant got married with one Kavitaben Mali on 15 th 
February 2015. Soon after the marriage, matrimonial disputes cropped up  
between   the   parties,   which,   ultimately,   led   to   the   filing   of   the   First  
Information Report referred to above. The First Information Report is filed  
for the offence punishable under Sections 498A, 406, 323 and 328 read  
with 114 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections  3 and 7 of the Dowry  
Prohibition Act.

3  I take notice of the fact that for the incident, which occurred on 3 rd 
September 2017, the F.I.R. came to be lodged on 30 th September 2017 i.e.  
almost after a period of twenty seven days. The allegations in the F.I.R. are  
that on the date of the incident, all the accused persons together tried to  
forcibly administer something spurious to the first informant. The case of  
the applicant herein is that the F.I.R. is palpably false and nothing of the  
sort, as alleged, occurred on 3rd September 2017. 

4  The  principal argument  of the learned  counsel  appearing  for  the  
writ applicant is that on 3rd September 2017, he was at Gandhinagar for  
the purpose of appearing in the examination for recruitment on the post of  
the ‘Municipal Accountant, Class III’ conducted by the Subordinate Services  
Selection Board. 

5  I requested Ms. Moxa Thakkar, the learned A.P.P. appearing for the  
State to look into the matter in this direction so that the picture would be  
clear.

6  The Investigating Officer is present in the Court today. He confirms  
that on 3rd September 2017, when the incident, as alleged, is said to have  
occurred,   the   applicant   was   not   in   the   village,   but,   was   actually   at  
Gandhinagar.   It   is   confirmed,   after   thorough   investigation   that,   the  
applicant appeared in two papers, and therefore, in any circumstances, he  
could not have been present in the village at the time when the alleged  
incident is said to have occurred. If that be so, then it is apparent that the  
allegations levelled in the F.I.R. are false. 

7  The applicant is praying for transfer of the investigation, because,  
according to him, his other family members i.e. his parents, etc., have also  
been   falsely   involved   in   the   alleged   offence.   There   may   be   some  
matrimonial   disputes,   but,   prima   facie,   it   appears   that   the   respondent  
No.2 has levelled false allegations. 

8  I   am   of   the   view   that   the   matter   should   be   looked   into   by   the  
Deputy   Superintendent   of   Police,   District:   Banaskantha.   The   Deputy  
Superintendent of Police, Banaskantha shall see to it that the investigation  
proceeds in the right direction. As it is confirmed that the applicant was  

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not present at the time when the alleged incident is said to have occurred,  
it is necessary to investigate whether in fact any such incident occurred or  
not. Let such investigation to be carried out under the supervision of the  
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Banaskantha.

9  With the above, this writ application is disposed of. Direct service is  
permitted.”

[2]   The   case   put   up   by   the   first   informant   appears   to   be   very 
doubtful. 

[3] The investigation may proceed further in accordance with law. 
However,   in   my   view,   a   strong   case   is   made   out   for   grant   of 
anticipatory   bail,   more   particularly,   in   view   of   what   has   been 
observed by this Court in the order referred to above.

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   applicants­accused,   and   without   discussing   the 
evidence in detail, at this stage, I am inclined to grant anticipatory bail 
to the applicant. 

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.

7 The learned advocate for the applicant, on instructions, states that 
the   applicants   are   ready   and   willing   to   abide   by   all   the   conditions, 

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including   impositions   of   conditions   with   regard   to   the   powers   of   the 
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   the   applicants­
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 applicants herein in connection with the First 
Information Report being being I­69 of 2017 registered with the Deesa 
North   Police   Station,   District:   Banaskantha,   the   applicants   shall   be 
released   on   bail   on   their   furnishing   a   personal   bond   of   Rs.10,000/­ 
(Rupees ten thousand 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  12th 
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 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

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(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 
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 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 applicants, 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 applicants on 
bail. Rule is made absolute. Direct service is permitted.

(J.B.PARDIWALA, J.)
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