IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA
Criminal Misc. No.M-5544 of 2019
Date of Decision: 11.02.2019
State of Haryana
CORAM:- HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE HARI PAL VERMA
Present:- Mr. R.A. Sheoran, Advocate
for the petitioner.
Ms. Priyanka Sadar, AAG, Haryana.
HARI PAL VERMA, J. (Oral)
Prayer in the present petition filed under Section 439 of the
Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 is for grant of regular bail to the
Learned counsel for the petitioner has argued that the
petitioner is in custody since 30.11.2018 and in the aforesaid FIR, the
complainant has named the petitioner as well as her in-laws, as accused.
However, during the course of investigation, her in-laws (parents of the
petitioner) were found innocent and due to this reason, no challan was
presented against them. He further argues that statement of the complainant
cannot be believed for the reason that in her first statement recorded on
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25.11.2018, when she was taken to PGIMS, Rohtak, she had stated that she
had herself taken some wrong medicine by mistake and nobody is at fault.
She had signed her statement as correct. Thereafter, she backed out from
her earlier statement and after two days, another statement was made on
27.11.2018, whereby she had levelled the allegations against her husband,
the present petitioner and her in-laws of beating and quarrelling with her
for dowry. She stated that her husband and father-in-law caught hold of her
and her mother-in-law put some poisonous substance in her mouth. The
petitioner along with his parents had given beatings to her and on
25.11.2018 when she had given her first statement, she was unconscious. In
this manner, statement of the victim-complainant cannot be accepted to be
Learned State counsel, on instructions from the IO, does not
dispute the custody of the petitioner, however, she submits that since there
are serious allegations against the petitioner and challan has been presented
against him, the investigation cannot be doubted. Had there been a false
case, the police would have submitted challan against the in-laws as well.
I have heard learned counsel for the parties.
The petitioner is in custody since 30.11.2018 and trial in the
case will take long time, as charge has not yet been framed against him, as
informed by learned State counsel. The complainant has given two
different statements on 25.11.2018 and 27.11.2018 and both the statements
are at variance. Therefore, culpability of the petitioner is yet to be
determined during the course of trial.
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Accordingly, the present petition is allowed and the petitioner
is admitted on regular bail, subject to furnishing of his bail bonds/surety
bonds to the satisfaction of trial Court.
It is made clear that the petitioner shall not influence any
witness in any manner.
February 11, 2019 ( HARI PAL VERMA )
Whether speaking / reasoned? Yes / No
Whether reportable? Yes / No
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