IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAM
THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE ALEXANDER THOMAS
MONDAY, THE 23RD DAY OF SEPTEMBER 2019 / 1ST ASWINA, 1941
Bail Appl..No.6660 OF 2019
AGAINST THE ORDER/JUDGMENT IN CRMC 1424/2019 OF DISTRICT COURT
CRIME NO.691/2019 OF Thalassery Police Station , Kannur
AGED 58 YEARS
W/O.ABOOBACKER SIDDIQUE, BAITHUL ZAYAN, KODIYERI
AMSOM, .P.O.PARAL, THALASSERY-670671
AGED 33 YEARS
D/O.ABOOBACKER SIDDIQUE, BAITHUL ZAYAN, KODIHYERI
AMSOM, P.O.PARAL, THALASSERY-670671
SRI.P.VIJAYA BHANU (SR.)
SRUTHY N. BHAT
SRI.SHANAVAS NALAKATH RANDUPURAYIL
STATE OF KERALA
REPRESENTED BY PUBLIC PROSECUTOR, HIGH COURT OF
SRI.AMJAD ALI, PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
THIS BAIL APPLICATION HAVING COME UP FOR ADMISSION ON
23.09.2019, THE COURT ON THE SAME DAY PASSED THE FOLLOWING:
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ALEXANDER THOMAS, J.
B.A. No. 6660 of 2019
Dated this the 23rd day of September, 2019
The petitioners herein have been re-arrayed as accused Nos.2 and 4
respectively in the instant Crime No.691/2019 of Thalassery Police Station
for offences punishable under Secs. 498A and 306 of the SectionIPC. The crime
was initially registered under Sec.174 of the SectionCr.P.C. on account of the
unnatural death of the lady victim in this case. The Police after
investigation has altered the offences as one as per Secs. 498A and 304 r/w
34 of the SectionIPC. The accused array has also been re-arrayed now. The accused
No.1 is the husband of the lady victim and accused No.3 is the father of the
A1. The petitioners herein have been re-arrayed as accused Nos.2 and 4
respectively and they are the mother and sister respectively of accused
No.1. Accused Nos. 1 and 3 (husband and husband’s father) has already
been arrested and remanded and A3 has been let out on regular bail.
2. The prosecution case in short is that on 2.8.2019, the victim
lady committed suicide by hanging due to the mental and physical torture
inflicted on her by her husband and close relatives, who are the accused
persons in this crime. The main allegation raised is that the Police has now
traced out a note said to have been written by the deceased lady prior to her
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death stating that the accused persons herein have mentally and physically
harassed her and that not even her dead body should be shown to them etc.
It is asserted by the 2nd petitioner herein (A4), who is the sister of A1 has
been residing in Chennai along with her husband. Further that, the
deceased lady and her husband was living separately in their marital home
and that the accused persons were living in a separate residence.
3. The counsel for the petitioner has pointed out that the
investigating agency has not been able to collect any materials to even
remotely connect the petitioners with any of the vital ingredients of the
offence for abetment as per Sec. 107 of the SectionIPC and the offence of abetment
to commit suicide as per Sec. 306 of the SectionIPC. The petitioners have placed
reliance on various rulings of the Apex Court and this Court which has
dealt with the ingredients to be satisfied in respect of the abovesaid
offences under Sec.107 and 306 of the SectionIPC in decisions as in SectionSanju @
Sanjay Singh Sengar v. State of M.P. [ 2002 SCC (Crl.) 1141],
SectionKrishnadas v. State of Kerala [2017 (2) KLT 579], SectionGurucharan
Singh v. State of Punjab [2016 (12) SCALE 414], SectionHarikrishnan
Anr. v. State of Kerala and Anr. [2019 (3) KHC 437] and has
pointed out that no materials have been collected by the investigating
agency to even remotely connect the petitioners with the instant crime.
Further that the mere allegation that the accused persons have inflicted
cruelty and harassment on the lady victim is not sufficient to establish that
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the accused persons have instigated the deceased lady to commit suicide as
understood in Sec.306 of the SectionIPC.
4. The learned Prosecutor has opposed the plea for anticipatory
bail and pointed out that there is possibility of the petitioners tampering
with the evidence, if they are let out on bail. The 2 nd petitioner herein, who
is the sister of the deceased lady’s husband admittedly has been residing in
Chennai along with her husband. The 1st petitioner is the mother-in-law of
the lady victim and she is aged more than 58 years and she has also been
living separately from the marital home of the deceased lady. Taking note
of the facts and circumstances of this case, this Court is inclined to take the
view that the custodial interrogation of the petitioners may not be really
necessary or warranted for effectuating smooth and effective conduct of the
investigation of this crime. However, the petitioners will have to fully co-
operate with the Investigating Officer in the interrogation purposes.
Accordingly, the following directions and orders are passed :
(i) The petitioners shall personally appear before the
Investigating Officer (I.O.), in relation to Crime
No.691/2019 of Thalassery Police Station and to subject
himself for interrogation process without any further delay
at any rate by 10 a.m. on any day on or before 04.10.2019
or within such time limit that may be extended by the IO as
he deems fit and proper.
(ii) The petitioners will fully co-operate with the
Investigating Officer in the interrogation process.
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(iii) After the interrogation process is over, in case the
Investigating Officer arrests the petitioners in relation to
the abovesaid crime, then they shall be released on bail on
their separately executing bond for Rs.40,000/- (Rupees
Forty Thousand only) and on separately furnishing two
solvent sureties for the likesum both to the satisfaction of
the Investigating Officer concerned.
5. However, in that eventuality, the grant of bail will be subject to
the following conditions:
(a) Petitioners shall not involve in any criminal offences of similar
(b) Petitioners shall fully co-operate with the investigation.
(c) Petitioners shall report before the Investigating Officer as and when
required in that connection.
(d) Petitioners shall not influence witness or shall not tamper or
attempt to tamper evidence in any manner, whatsoever.
6. If there is any violation of the abovesaid conditions by the
petitioners then the jurisdictional court concerned stand hereby
empowered, to consider the plea for cancellation of bail at the appropriate
With these observations and directions, the above Bail Application
will stand disposed of.
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