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Raju Reddi @ Raju Siddartha vs The State Of Karnataka on 6 June, 2019

IN THE HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA AT BENGALURU

DATED THIS THE 6TH DAY OF JUNE, 2019

BEFORE

THE HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE S. SUNIL DUTT YADAV

CRIMINAL PETITION No.3216/2019

Between:

Raju Reddi @ Raju Siddartha
S/o. Nagaraju
Aged about 30 years
R/at ‘A’ Block
Vamagal Town
Kolar District

Permanent native of
Shivanagara Village
Hiriyur Taluk
Chitradurga District – 78 … Petitioner

(By Sri Pratheep K.C., Advocate)

And:

The State of Karnataka
Represented by Gubbi Police Station
Tumkur District
Represented by its
State Public Prosecutor
High Court of Karnataka
Bengaluru – 01. … Respondent

(By Sri. S. Rachaiah, HCGP)
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This Criminal Petition is filed under Section 439 of
Criminal Procedure Code praying to enlarge the petitioner on
bail in Crime No.266/2018 of Gubbi Police Station,
Tumkuru District for the offence punishable under Sections
498A, Section304B read with 34 of SectionIPC and Section 3, Section4 of Dowry
Prohibition Act, 1961.

This Criminal Petition coming on for Orders, this day,
the Court made the following:

ORDER

The petitioner has sought to be enlarged on bail in

connection with his detention pursuant to proceedings

in Crime No.266/2018 with respect to the offences

punishable under Sections 498(A), Section304(B) read with 34

of SectionIPC and 3, 4 of SectionDowry Prohibition Act, 1961.

2. The case of the prosecution is that the

complainant is the father of the deceased, who has

stated that the deceased was given in marriage with the

petitioner about three months prior to the incident and

gold ornaments were given at the time of marriage.

3. It is further stated that the accused persons

had demanded dowry and this fact was told to the
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complainant by the deceased. It is further stated that

complaint was lodged at an earlier point of time which

was compromised. It is stated that on 15.10.2018, the

deceased is said to have committed suicide by hanging.

The complaint came to be lodged, the FIR was registered

and investigation is complete and charge sheet has been

filed.

4. Learned counsel for the petitioner states that

he was married on 01.07.2018 and after the earlier

complaint was filed, the deceased had gone back to her

parents house and was staying there. It is further stated

that admittedly the deceased had died in her parents

place. The question as to whether the harassment of the

accused drove the deceased to commit suicide is a

matter for trial. It is further stated that the petitioner is

a Government High School Teacher at Kolar.

5. Taking note of the fact that the deceased has

committed suicide at her parents place and also the
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question as to whether the deceased has committed

suicide pursuant to the harassment by the accused is a

matter to be proved during trial. It also comes out that

there is no dispute that the deceased had committed by

hanging as per the complaint and 161 statements.

6. Taking note of the fact that investigation is

complete and also that the petitioner is a Government

employee, the petitioner can be enlarged on bail. It is

also to be noted that proceedings in bail cannot be

treated as proceedings for punishment.

7. Accordingly, petition filed by the petitioner

under Section 439 of Cr.P.C is allowed, subject to the

following conditions:-

(i) The petitioner shall execute a personal
bond of 1,00,000/- (Rupees One Lakh
only) with a surety for the likesum before
the concerned Court.

(ii) The petitioner shall fully co-operate
with the expeditious trial and
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petitioner shall also not indulge in
any criminal activities henceforth

(iii) The petitioner shall not tamper with
evidence or influence in any way any
witness.

(iv) Any violation of the aforementioned
conditions by the petitioner, shall
result in cancellation of bail.

Sd/-

JUDGE

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