IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAM
THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE RAJA VIJAYARAGHAVAN V
FRIDAY, THE 04TH DAY OF JANUARY 2019 / 14TH POUSHA, 1940
Bail Appl..No. 8552 of 2018
CRIME NO. 696/2018 OF Guruvayoor Police Station, Thrissur
MUHAMMED SHAFI, AGED 28 YEARS,
S/O. YOUSAF, PANIKKA VEETTIL HOUSE, KANJIRAKKODE,
KUMARANELLOOR P.O, THRISSUR DISTRICT.
STATE OF KERALA,
REPRESENTED BY PUBLIC PROSECUTOR,
HIGH COURT OF KERALA, ERNAKULAM.
SRI AMJAD ALI,SENIOR PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
THIS BAIL APPLICATION HAVING COME UP FOR ADMISSION ON 04.01.2019,
THE COURT ON THE SAME DAY PASSED THE FOLLOWING:
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This application is filed under Section 438 of the Cr.P.C.
2. The applicant herein is the 1st accused in Crime No.696
of 2018 registered at the Guruvayoor Police Station under Section
498A r/w. Section 34 of the IPC.
3. The de facto complainant is the wife of the applicant
herein. Accused Nos.2 to 5 are the near relatives of the applicant
and the 6th accused is his friend. The marriage between the
applicant and the de facto complainant was solemnized on
14.08.2016. In her complaint, she alleges ill-treatment on the part
of the applicant and his family members with a view to coerce her
to bring more dowry. It is specifically alleged that on 08.06.2018, at
about 8.00 p.m., the accused trespassed into her parental home
and by brandishing a knife, threatened her with injury.
4. The learned counsel appearing for the applicant
submitted that the applicant is working in the Qatar Airways as a
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cabin crew. According to learned counsel, the rest of the accused
have been granted pre-arrest bail by the court below. He would
further submit that the de facto complainant has filed a petition
under the protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005
which is pending before the learned Magistrate. The complaint has
been filed in the heat of the moment and, according to the learned
counsel, if the applicant is arrested and remanded, the chances of
settlement and reunion will be irrevocably ruined.
5. The learned Public Prosecutor, on instructions, submitted
that though serious allegations are levelled, no materials have been
produced along with the complaint to show that any physical
injuries were inflicted. In the facts and circumstances, it would be
sufficient if the applicant herein is ordered to co-operate with the
investigation, submits the learned Public Prosecutor.
6. I have considered the submissions advanced. After going
through the materials on record, I am of the considered view that
the custodial interrogation of the applicant is not necessary for an
effective investigation in the instant case.
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7. In the result, this application will stand allowed. The
applicant shall appear before the investigating officer within ten
days from today and shall undergo interrogation. Thereafter, if he is
proposed to be arrested, he shall be released on bail on his
executing a bond for a sum of Rs.40,000/- (Rupees Forty thousand
only) with two solvent sureties each for the like sum. The above
order shall be subject to the following conditions:
i) The applicant shall co-operate with the investigation
and shall appear before the Investigating Officer on
every Saturdays between 10 A.M and 1 P.M. for a period
of two months or till final report is filed whichever is
ii) He shall 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/her from
disclosing such facts to the court or to any police officer.
iii) He shall not commit any similar offence while on bail.
In case of violation of any of the above conditions, the
jurisdictional Court shall be empowered to consider the application
for cancellation, if any, and pass appropriate orders in accordance
with the law.
RAJA VIJAYARAGHAVAN V.,
//TRUE COPY// P.A.TO JUDGE