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Chandrika Devi vs State Of U.P. on 19 February, 2020

HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT ALLAHABAD

?Court No. – 2

Case :- CRIMINAL MISC. BAIL APPLICATION No. – 7479 of 2020

Applicant :- Chandrika Devi

Opposite Party :- State of U.P.

Counsel for Applicant :- Pavan Kishore,Kuldeep Kumar Srivastava

Counsel for Opposite Party :- G.A.

Hon’ble Suneet Kumar,J.

Heard learned counsel for the applicant, learned Additional Government Advocate and perused the record.

This bail application has been filed on behalf of the applicant involved in Case Crime No. 102 of 2019, under Sections 498A, 304B I.P.C. and 3/4 Dowry Prohibition Act, P.S. Bhimpura, District Ballia.

Applicant is mother-in-law; marriage is of 2018; allegation is that deceased was subjected to harassment and torture for dowry (motorcycle); cause of death is asphyxia due to antemortem hanging.

It is urged that demand of dowry is not attributable to the applicant; case of the applicant is distinguishable from the case of husband of the deceased; co-accused Bhanu Prata Kanaujia (father-in-law) has already been granted bail by this Court vide order dated 3.1.2020 in Criminal Misc. Bail Application No.58147 of 2019; applicant is languishing in jail since 18.1.2020, having no criminal antecedent and in case she is enlarged on bail, she will not misuse the liberty of bail and will cooperate in trial.

Learned AGA opposed the prayer for bail but could not dispute the aforesaid facts as argued by the learned counsel for the applicant.

Keeping in view the nature of the offence, evidence, complicity of the accused, severity of punishment, submissions of the learned counsel for the parties and without expressing any opinion on merits of the case, I am of the view that the applicant has made out a case for bail.

Let the applicant-Chandrika Devi be released on bail in the above case on her furnishing a personal bond and two sureties each in the like amount to the satisfaction of Court concerned subject to following additional conditions, which are being imposed in the interest of justice:-

(i) The applicant shall file an undertaking to the effect that she shall not seek any adjournment on the dates fixed for evidence when the witnesses are present in court. In case of default of this condition, it shall be open for the trial court to treat it as abuse of liberty of bail and pass orders in accordance with law.

(ii) The applicant shall remain present before the trial court on each date fixed, either personally or through her counsel. In case of her absence, without sufficient cause, the trial court may proceed against her under Section 229-A of the Indian Penal Code.

(iii) In case, the applicant misuses the liberty of bail during trial and in order to secure her presence proclamation under Section 82 Cr.P.C. is issued and the applicant fails to appear before the court on the date fixed in such proclamation, then, the trial court shall initiate proceedings against her, in accordance with law, under Section 174-A of the Indian Penal Code.

(iv) The applicant shall remain present, in person, before the trial court on the dates fixed for (i) opening of the case, (ii) framing of charge and (iii) recording of statement under Section 313 Cr.P.C. If in the opinion of the trial court absence of the applicant is deliberate or without sufficient cause, then it shall be open for the trial court to treat such default as abuse of liberty of bail and proceed against her in accordance with law.

However, it is made clear that in case the applicant indulges in intimidating or threatening any witness, the State or Prosecutor would be at liberty to file an application for cancellation of bail.

Order Date :- 19.2.2020

Mukesh Kr.

 

 

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