C.R.M. 7317 of 2018
In Re: – An application for bail under Section 439 of the Code of
Criminal Procedure filed on 05/09/2018 in connection with
Minakhan P.S. Case No.50 of 2018 dated 17/02/2018 under
Sections 498A/304B/302/406 of the Indian Penal Code read
gd with Sections 3/4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act.
In the matter of: Somnath Mondal.
Ms. Minoti Gomes
Mr. Suman Das Adhikary
Mr. Shatadru Lahiri
…for the petitioner.
Ms. Sukanya Bhattacharyay
Mr. Arindam Sen
…for the State.
The petitioner seeks bail in connection with Minakhan P.S. Case
No.50 of 2018 dated 17/02/2018 under Sections 498A/304B/302/406 of the
Indian Penal Code read with Sections 3/4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act.
The petitioner claims that notwithstanding the allegation that the
petitioner mercilessly beat up his wife and throttled her to death, the
postmortem report does not indicate any signs of external injury and, despite
the opinion of the medical officer that the death was by manual strangulation,
it is the observation of such medical officer that even the hyoid of the victim
The petitioner has been in custody for more than 200 days.
The State says that the petitioner’s fingerprints have been taken but
the report has not yet been received and the trial cannot be proceeded with on
Considering that the petitioner may not be required any further for
custodial interrogation, it may not be necessary to detain the petitioner in
custody as long as stringent conditions are imposed.
Accordingly, the petitioner is directed to be released on bail upon
furnishing a bond of Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand only) with two
sureties of like amount, one of whom must be local, to the satisfaction of the
Additional District Sessions Judge, F.T. Court-1, Basirhat, North 24-
Parganas on condition that he shall not intimidate the witnesses or tamper
with the evidence in any manner whatsoever and he shall appear before the
trial court on every date of hearing and in the event he fails to do so, the trial
court shall be at liberty to cancel his bail without further reference to this
In addition, the petitioner will meet the officer-in-charge of Minakhan
Police Station once a week till the conclusion of the trial and will not leave this
State without the previus permission of such officer-in-charge.
The application for bail is, accordingly, allowed.
A certified copy of this order be immediately made available to the
petitioners, subject to compliance with all requisite formalities.
(Sanjib Banerjee, J.)
(Abhijit Gangopadhyay, J.)