HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT ALLAHABAD, LUCKNOW BENCH
?Court No. – 12
Case :- BAIL No. – 1724 of 2020
Applicant :- Smt. Rajeshwari
Opposite Party :- State of U.P.
Counsel for Applicant :- Virendra Pratap Singh Yad,Subhash Kumar
Counsel for Opposite Party :- G.A.
Hon’ble Mrs. Rekha Dikshit,J.
Heard learned counsel for the applicant, learned AGA for the State and perused the record.
Learned counsel for the applicant submitted that accused applicant has falsely been implicated in the present case. Accused applicant is mother in law of the deceased. She is 75 years old and was living separately from the deceased. In first information report there is no allegation for demand of dowry and it has only been alleged that deceased had been tortured by her in-laws physically and mentally. It has also been alleged that Rs. 1,00,000/- had been demanded from deceased for construction of house, due to which she was subjected to cruelty. Consequently, she committed suicide by pouring kerosene upon her and died but there is no incriminating evidence on record. It is further submitted that no specific role has been assigned to the accused applicant.
The accused applicant is languishing in jail since 24.8.2019. It is next submitted that the applicant is neither a previous convict nor she has any criminal history. It is further submitted that there is no possibility of the applicant of fleeing away from judicial custody or tampering with the witnesses . In case the applicant is enlarged on bail, she shall not misuse the liberty of bail.
Learned A.G.A. opposed the prayer for bail but could not dispute the aforesaid facts as argued by the learned counsel for the applicant.
Without expressing any opinion on the merits of the case and considering the nature of accusation and the severity of punishment in case of conviction and the nature of supporting evidence, reasonable apprehension of tampering of the witnesses and prima facie satisfaction of the Court in support of the charge, the applicant is entitled to be released on bail in this case.
Let the applicant Smt. Rajeshwari involved in Case Crime No. 239 of 2019, under Sections 498A,323 ad 306 IPC, Police Station Bihar, District Unnao be released on bail on her furnishing a personal bond and two sureties each in the like amount to the satisfaction of the court concerned with the following conditions which are being imposed in the interest of justice:-
(i) The applicant shall file an undertaking to the effect that she shall not seek any adjournment on the dates fixed for evidence when the witnesses are present in court. In case of default of this condition, it shall be open for the trial court to treat it as abuse of liberty of bail and pass orders in accordance with law.
(ii) The applicant shall remain present before the trial court on each date fixed, either personally or through her counsel. In case of her absence, without sufficient cause, the trial court may proceed against him under Section 229-A of the Indian Penal Code.
(iii) In case, the applicant misuses the liberty of bail during trial and in order to secure her presence proclamation under Section 82 Cr.P.C. is issued and the applicant fails to appear before the court on the date fixed in such proclamation, then, the trial court shall initiate proceedings against him, in accordance with law, under Section 174-A of the Indian Penal Code.
(iv) The applicant shall remain present, in person, before the trial court on the dates fixed for (i) opening of the case, (ii) framing of charge and (iii) recording of statement under Section 313 Cr.P.C. If in the opinion of the trial court absence of the applicant is deliberate or without sufficient cause, then it shall be open for the trial court to treat such default as abuse of liberty of bail and proceed against him in accordance with law.
Order Date :- 19.2.2020