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Mukeshbhai Kalabhai Raval vs State Of Gujarat on 11 March, 2019

R/CR.MA/3493/2019 ORDER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF GUJARAT AT AHMEDABAD
R/CRIMINAL MISC.APPLICATION NO. 3493 of 2019

MUKESHBHAI KALABHAI RAVAL
Versus
STATE OF GUJARAT

Appearance:
MR. ABHISHEK A JOSHI(6768) for the Applicant(s) No. 1
MR J K SHAH, APP for the Respondent(s) No. 1

CORAM: HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE VIPUL M. PANCHOLI
Date : 11/03/2019
ORAL ORDER

1. By way of the present application under Section
438 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, the
applicant­accused has prayed for anticipatory bail
in connection with the FIR being C.R. No. I – 03
of 2019 registered with Malpur Police Station,
Aravalli for the offenses punishable under
Sections 498A,306, 114 of the Indian Penal Code.

2. Learned advocate for the applicant submits that
the nature of allegations are such for which
custodial interrogation at this stage is not
necessary. He further submits that the applicant
will keep himself available during the course of
investigation, trial also and will not flee from
justice.

3. Learned advocate for the applicant on instructions
states that the applicant is ready and willing to
abide by all the conditions including imposition
of conditions with regard to powers of
Investigating Agency to file an application before
the competent Court for his remand. He further
submit that upon filing of such application by the

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Investigating Agency, the right of applicant
accused to oppose such application on merits may
be kept open. Learned advocate, therefore,
submitted that considering the above facts, the
applicant may be granted anticipatory bail.

4. Learned Additional Public Prosecutor appearing on
behalf of the respondent – State has opposed grant
of anticipatory bail looking to the nature and
gravity of the offence.

5. Having heard the learned advocates for the parties
and perusing the material placed on record and
taking into consideration the facts of the case,
nature of allegations, gravity of offences, role
attributed to the accused, without discussing the
evidence in detail, at this stage, I am inclined
to grant anticipatory bail to the applicant.

6. This Court has considered the following aspects:­

(a) The applicant is father­in­law of the deceased
and general allegations are made against the
father­in­law and the mother­in­law.

(b) No specific role is attributed to him and the
mother­in­law of the deceased has been released on
anticipatory bail.

7. Therefore, Looking to the allegations made
against the applicant and the role played by him,
I am inclined to exercise discretion in favour of
the applicant. This Court has also taken into
consideration the law laid down by the Hon’ble
Apex Court in the case of Siddharam Satlingappa
Mhetre Vs. State of Maharashtra and Ors., reported
at [2011] 1 SCC 694, wherein the Hon’ble Apex
Court reiterated the law laid down by the

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Constitution Bench in the case of Shri Gurubaksh
Singh Sibbia Ors. Vs. State of Punjab, reported
at (1980) 2 SCC 665.

8. In the result, the present application is allowed.

The applicant is ordered to be released on bail in
the event of his arrest in connection with a FIR
being C.R. No. I – 03 of 2019 registered with
Malpur Police Station, Aravalli on 13.01.2019
executing a personal bond of Rs.10,000/­ (Rupees
Ten Thousand Only) with one surety of like amount
on the following conditions:

(a) shall cooperate with the investigation and
make himself available for interrogation
whenever required;

(b) shall remain present at concerned Police
Station on 18.03.2019 between 11.00 a.m. and
2.00 p.m.;

(c) shall not directly or indirectly make any
inducement, threat or promise to any person
acquainted with the fact of the case so as to
dissuade him from disclosing such facts to
the court or to any police officer;

(d) shall not obstruct or hamper the police
investigation and not to play mischief with
the evidence collected or yet to be collected
by the police;

(e) shall at the time of execution of bond,
furnish the address to the investigating
officer and the court concerned and shall not
change his residence till the final disposal
of the case till further orders;

(f) shall not leave India without the permission
of the Sessions Court and if having passport
shall deposit the same before the Sessions
Court within a week; and

(g) it would be open to the Investigating Officer

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to file an application for remand if he
considers it proper and just and the learned
Magistrate would decide it on merits;

9. Despite this order, it would be open for the
Investigating Agency to apply to the competent
Magistrate, for police remand of the applicant.
The applicant shall remain present before the
learned Magistrate on the first date of hearing of
such application and on all subsequent occasions,
as may be directed by the learned Magistrate. This
would be sufficient to treat the accused in the
judicial custody for the purpose of entertaining
application of the prosecution for police remand.
This is, however, without prejudice to the right
of the accused to seek stay against an order of
remand, if, ultimately, granted, and the power of
the learned Magistrate to consider such a request
in accordance with law. It is clarified that the
applicant, even if, remanded to the police
custody, upon completion of such period of police
remand, shall be set free immediately, subject to
other conditions of this anticipatory bail order.

10. At the trial, the Trial Court shall not be
influenced by the prima facie observations made by
this Court in the present order.

11. Rule is made absolute to the aforesaid extent.

Direct service is permitted.

(VIPUL M. PANCHOLI, J.)

Radhika

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