HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT ALLAHABAD, LUCKNOW BENCH
?Court No. – 12
Case :- BAIL No. – 10680 of 2019
Applicant :- Sukhwanti
Opposite Party :- State of U.P.
Counsel for Applicant :- Sushil Pandey
Counsel for Opposite Party :- G.A.
Hon’ble Mrs. Rekha Dikshit,J.
Counter affidavit filed today on behalf of the State and personal affidavit of Superintendent of Police, Sitapur are taken on record.
Heard learned counsel for the applicant, learned A.G.A. for the State and perused the record.
Learned counsel for the applicant has submitted that accused applicant has falsely been implicated in the present case. It is further submitted that the applicant is mother-in-law of the deceased. It is also submitted that the case of the applicant is identical to the case of co-accused Raja Ram, who has already been granted bail by this Court vide order dated 31.01.2020 passed in Bail No.1009 of 2020, therefore, the applicant is also entitled to be released on bail on the ground of parity. The accused applicant is languishing in jail since 28.08.2019. 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 tempering 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 involved in Case Crime No.0236 of 2019, under Sections 498A, 304B, 302 I.P.C. and section 3/4 Dowry Prohibition Act, Police Station Laharpur, District Sitapur 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 her 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 her, 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 her in accordance with law.
Order Date :- 14.2.2020