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Khem Raj …… vs State Of H.P. ….. on 5 September, 2018

IN THE HIGH COURT OF HIMACHAL PRADESH, SHIMLA

Cr.MP (M) No. 1113/2018 

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Date of decision: 5.9.2018

Khem Raj   …… Petitioner
Vs.

State of H.P.           ….. Respondent

Coram

The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, Judge.

Whether approved for reporting?1 No

For the petitioner: Mr. Inder Sharma, Advocate.

For the respondent: Mr. Vinod Thakur and Mr. Sudhir
Bhatnagar,   Addl.   AGs   with   Mr.

Bhupinder Thakur, Dy.A.G.

ASI   Swaroop   Ram,   Police   Station,
Karsog, District Mandi, H.P.  

 Tarlok Singh Chauhan  (Oral)

The   petitioner   has   sought   regular   bail   in   case   FIR

No.   23/2018,   dated   7.2.2018,   registered   at   Police   Station,

Karsog, District Mandi, under Sections 376 and 506 IPC. 

2 The respondent­State has produced the record of the

investigation and has filed the status report.

1

Whether the reporters of the local papers may be allowed to see the Judgment?
Yes

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3 Briefly stated the case of the prosecution is that  the

marriage   of   the   prosecutrix   was   solemnized   about   eight  years

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back   with   one   Krishnu   Ram,   resident   of   Kharli,   District

Bilaspur. However, relations between them became strained and

thereafter, the prosecutrix came to her mother on 5.5.2007 and

started residing in a rented house at Panrathi (Churag), Tehsil

Karsog, District Mandi.  The prosecutrix has also filed a petition

against   her   husband   under   Domestic   Violence   Act,   which   is

pending   before   the   learned   Judicial   Magistrate,   1 st  Class,

Karsog.  

4 It is alleged that on 9.10.2017,   the petitioner came

to   the   mother   of   the   prosecutrix   and   told   that   he   wanted   a

female   maid.   The   prosecutrix   agreed   to   the   proposal   of   the

petitioner and an agreement to this effect was executed between

the petitioner and the prosecutrix on 10.10.2017.   Thereafter,

the prosecutrix started doing household work for the petitioner

and   later   on   as   per  her  own   showing,   they  started   living  like

husband   and   wife   and   indulged   many   a   times   in   sexual

intercourse. However, it appears that later on relations between

them   became   sour,   which   eventually   led   to   the   filing   of   the

present FIR. 

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5 I have heard the learned counsel for the parties and

have also gone through the record of the investigation carefully. 

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6 It is not in dispute that the prosecutrix is major and

was aware of the fact that the petitioner is residing  separately

from   his   wife   for   the   last   more   than   one   decade   and   it   is

probably on account of this fact that despite considerable age

difference,   after   entering   the   house   of   the   petitioner   as   maid,

she   developed   sexual   relations   with   the   petitioner   for   a

considerable   period   of   time;   and   it   is   only   after   when   the

relations between them became sour, the present FIR has been

lodged. 

7 Undoubtedly,   the   petitioner   is   accused   of   having

committed   a   serious   and   heinous   crime,   but   then   the

allegations as levelled against him have to be taken with pinch

of  salt,  particularly  when  the  same  are  considered  along  with

factual background of the case. 

8 Therefore,   in   the   given   facts   and   circumstances   of

the case, I find this to be a fit case where the discretion of bail

ought to be exercised.   Accordingly, the bail petition is allowed

and the bail petitioner is ordered to be released on bail  in case

FIR No. 23/2018, dated 7.2.2018, registered at Police Station,

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Karsog, District Mandi, under Sections 376 and 506 IPC on  his

furnishing personal bonds in the sum of Rs.50,000/­ with one

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surety   of   the   like   amount   to   the   satisfaction   of   the   learned

Judicial Magistrate  1st  Class, Karsog, District Mandi, with the

following conditions:­

(i) He shall make himself available for the purpose of

interrogation,  if so required  and regularly attend
the trial Court on each and every date of hearing
and   if   prevented   by   any   reason   to   do   so,   seek

exemption   from   appearance   by  filing   appropriate

application(s);

(ii) He shall not tamper with the prosecution evidence

nor   hamper   the   investigation   of   the   case   in   any
manner whatsoever;

(iii)He   shall   not   make   any   inducement,   threat   or

promise to any person acquainted with the facts of

the   case   so   as   to   dissuade   him/her   from
disclosing   such   facts   to   the   Court   or   the   Police

Officer;

(iv)  He shall not leave the territory of India without
prior permission of the Court.

 

9 Learned   Judicial   Magistrate   1st  Class,   Karsog,

District Mandi, is directed to comply with the directions issued

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by   the   High   Court,   vide   communication   No.   HHC.VIG./Misc.

Instructions/93­IV.7139 dated 18.03.2013.

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10 Any   observation   made   here­in­above   shall   not   be

taken as an expression of opinion on the merits of the case and

the   trial   Court   shall   decide   the   matter   uninfluenced   by   any

observation   made   here­in­above.   The   petition   stands   disposed

of.

Copy dasti.

5th September, 2018                   (Tarlok Singh Chauhan)
     (pankaj)              Judge

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