IN THE HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA AT BENGALURU
DATED THIS THE 06TH DAY OF JULY, 2018
THE HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE JOHN MICHAEL CUNHA
CRIMINAL PETITION NO.4594/2018
1. Ramachandre Gowda
Aged about 52 years,
Resident of No.39/1,
1st Main Road, 2nd Cross,
Bengaluru – 560 091.
2. Smt. Venkatalakshmi
Aged about 49 years,
R/at No.102, Kaveripura,
Kamakshipalya, Magadi Road,
Bengaluru – 560 079.
3. Smt. Thejaswini .P
Aged about years,
R/at No.39/1, 1st Main Road,
2nd Cross, Muneshwara Layout,
Bengaluru – 560 091. …Petitioners
(By Sri. N. Nagaraja, Advocate)
State of Karnataka
By Rajagopalanagara Police Station,
(By Sri.S. Vishwamurthy, HCGP)
This Criminal petition is filed under Section 438 of
Cr.P.C praying to enlarge the petitioners on bail in the
event of their arrest in Crime No.292/2018 of Rajagopal
Nagar Police Station, Bengaluru City for the offence
punishable under Sections 498A, 304B r/w 34 of IPC and
Sections 3, 4 of D.P. Act.
This Criminal petition coming on for Orders, this
day, the court made the following:
Petitioners have sought for an anticipatory bail in
crime No.292/2018 registered under Sections 498(A),
304(B) read with Section 34 of IPC and Sections 3 and 4
of Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.
2. Heard the learned counsel for the petitioners
and learned HCGP.
3. Petitioner No.1 (accused No.1) is the father-
in-law, petitioner No.2 (accused No.3) is the mother-in-
law and petitioner No.3 (accused No.5) is the sister-in-
law of the deceased.
4. The FIR is registered based on the complaint
lodged by the father of deceased Ramya. The deceased
was given in marriage to accused No.2-Manjunath on
14.06.2015. It is alleged that the deceased was subjected
to cruelty and ill-treatment in her matrimonial house by
her husband and the petitioners.
5. According to the complainant, on the previous
day of the incident, the deceased had complained to him
about the dowry demand made by the petitioners and on
the next day at 1.20 P.M., he came to know about the
death. The postmortem report indicates that the
deceased died due to Asphyxia as a result of hanging.
6. No doubt, the alleged incident has taken place
within seven years from the date of marriage in the
context of alleged dowry demand and cruelty meted out
to the deceased but the allegations are required to be
substantiated during the course of trial. For the purpose
of investigation, the custodial interrogation of the
petitioners is not necessary. Petitioners are the in-laws
and relatives of the deceased. The allegations made
against them with regard to cruelty and dowry demand
are to be substantiated by the relatives of the deceased,
who are not amenable for influence of the petitioners.
Therefore, taking into consideration the above facts and
circumstances, the petition deserves to be allowed.
Hence, the following:-
Criminal petition is allowed. The petitioners are
directed to appear before the Investigating Officer within
15 days from the date of this order and on their
appearance, the Investigating Officer shall interrogate the
petitioners and shall enlarge them on bail on the same
day subject to the following conditions:-
a. The petitioners / accused Nos.1, 3 and 5
shall furnish a bond for Rs.1.00 lakhs
(Rupees One lakh only) each with two
sureties each for the likesum to the
satisfaction of the Investigating Officer;
b. The petitioners shall appear before the
Investigating Officer as and when
c. The petitioners shall cooperate in the
d. The petitioners shall not threaten or allure
the prosecution witnesses; and
e. The petitioners shall mark their attendance
in Rajagopalanagara Police Station,
Bengaluru on 15th of every calendar month
until submission of the final report.