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Anopsinh Dilipsinh Vaghela vs State Of Gujarat on 6 February, 2018

R/CR.MA/2927/2018 ORDER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD

CRIMINAL MISC.APPLICATION (FOR SUSPENSION OF SENTENCE) NO.
2927 of 2018
In CRIMINAL APPEAL NO. 441 of 2017

ANOPSINH DILIPSINH VAGHELA….Applicant(s)
Versus
STATE OF GUJARAT….Respondent(s)

Appearance :
MR NABIL O BLOCH, ADVOCATE for the Applicant(s) No. 1
MR HS SONI, ADDL.PUBLIC PROSECUTOR for the Respondent(s) No. 1

CORAM HONOURABLE MS JUSTICE SONIA GOKANI
:

Date : 06/02/2018

ORAL ORDER

1. By   way   of   present   application   preferred   under 

section   389   of   the   Code   of   Criminal   Procedure, 

1973, the applicant has prayed for regular bail 

by   suspending   the   sentence   pending   main   appeal 

being   Criminal   Appeal   No.441   of   2017,   in 

connection   with   the   judgment   and   order   of 

conviction and sentence  dated December 31, 2016, 

passed by the learned Special and Sessions Judge, 

Jamnagar, in Sessions Case No.68 of 2014, whereby 

the learned Judge convicted the applicant for the 

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offence   punishable   under   sections   363,   366   and 

376(1) of the Indian Penal Code and also section 

4   of   the   Prevention   of   Children   from   Sexual 

Offences   Act;   and   sentenced   him   to   undergo 

rigorous imprisonment for seven years and imposed 

a fine of Rs.10,000/­ and in default of payment 

of fine, to undergo  simple imprisonment  for one 

month.

2. This Court has heard Shri Nabil Baloch,  learned 

counsel   appearing   for   the  applicant,   who   has 

urged that on couple of occasions, the applicant 

was   enlarged   on   temporary   bail   and   no   untoward 

incident has taken place at such time. Further, 

the conduct of the applicant inside the jail is 

also good. It is urged that it is a case of love 

affair,   however,   since   the   family   of   the 

prosecutrix   did   not   approve   the   same,   the 

criminal   case   came   to   be   lodged   against   the 

applicant.   He   has   further   urged   that   continuing 

the applicant in jail would ruin his life as the 

appeal is likely to take a long time. He has also 

pointed out that the prosecutrix was nearing 18 

years   of   age   and   it   is   unfortunate   for   the 

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applicant   that   after   the   new   amendment   in   the 

provision of section 376 of the Indian Penal Code 

qua   giving   of   consent,   whereby   the   age   of   the 

prosecutrix has been enhanced to 18 years since 

February 03, 2013 and thereby, has affected his 

case   adversely.   He,   thus,   has   prayed   for 

suspending the sentence.

3. Shri   H.S.   Soni,   learned   Additional   Public 

Prosecutor,   has   vehemently   urged   that   the   trial 

Court   has   rightly   appreciated   the   evidence   on 

record and arrived at the conclusion, however, he 

has   on   the   strength   of   the   jail   report   has 

confirmed that the period of imprisonment already 

undergone is three years and his behaviour as a 

prisoner is not questionable.

4. This   Court   has   heard   the   learned   advocates 

appearing on behalf of the respective parties and 

perused the judgment and order of  conviction and 

sentence  and   the   role   attributed   to   the 

applicant.   Considering   the   fact   that   this   Court 

has   admitted   the   appeal   preferred   by   the 

applicant   against   the   judgment   and   order   of 

conviction   and   sentence,   coupled   with   the   other 

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facts   and   circumstances   of   the   case,   more 

particularly   the   absence   of   any   criminal 

antecedents against the applicant and his having 

spent considerable period nearing to 50% of the 

total sentence, with his appeal not likely to be 

taken up for final hearing in near future as well 

as bearing in mind the decision of the Apex Court 

in   the   case   of  Bhagwan   Rama   Shinde   Gosai   and  

others v. State of Gujarat, reported in (1999) 4 

SCC   421,   this   Court   is   inclined   to   suspend   the 

sentence  as  this  is  a fit   case  to  exercise  the 

discretion   and   enlarge   the   applicant   on   regular 

bail.

5. For   the   foregoing   reasons,   the   present 

application   is   allowed   and   by   suspending   the 

sentence pending appeal, the applicant is ordered 

to be released on regular bail in connection with 

the judgment and order of conviction and sentence 

dated   December   31,   2016,   passed   by   the   learned 

Special and Sessions Judge, Jamnagar, in Sessions 

Case   No.68   of   2014,   on   his   executing   a   solvent 

surety   of   Rs.25,000/­   (Rupees   Twenty   Five 

Thousand only) with one surety of the like amount 

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to   the   satisfaction   of   the   trial   Court   and 

subject to the conditions that he shall :

[a] not take undue advantage of liberty or misuse 

liberty;

[b]  not   hamper   the   prosecution   witnesses   and 

shall   not   act   in   a   manner   injurious   to   the 

interest of the prosecution;

[c]  surrender   passport,   if   any,   to   the   trial 

court within a week from the date of his release;

[d]  not leave the State of Gujarat without prior 

permission of this Court;

[e]  not   enter   the   revenue   limits   of   Shankar 

Tekri   Area   of   Jamnagar   City,   where   the 

prosecutrix resides;

[f] not   attempt   to   contact   the   prosecutrix   in 

any mode or manner;

[g]   mark   presence   before   the   concerned   Police 

Station between 11:00 a.m. and 02:00 p.m.,  once  

in two months till pendency of the appeal;

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[h]  furnish the present address of his residence 

to   (i)   the   Investigating   Officer   and   also   (ii) 

the trial Court, at the time of execution of the 

bond and shall not change the residence without 

prior permission of this Court.

6. The   authorities   will   release   the   applicant   only 

if   he   is   not   required   in   connection   with   any 

other offence for the time being.

7. If   breach   of   any   of   the   above   conditions   is 

committed, the trial Court concerned will be at 

liberty   to   issue   warrant   or   take   appropriate 

action in the matter and even the Investigating 

Officer will be at liberty to approach this Court 

in such case.

  Bail bond be executed before the trial 

Court concerned.

Rule   is   made   absolute   to   the   extent 

aforesaid. Direct service is permitted, TODAY.

(MS SONIA GOKANI, J.)
Aakar

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