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Allahabad High Court grants bail to man accused in murder case of Kunda DSP

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The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has allowed the bail application of Manjit Yadav, an accused in the 2013 murder case of Jiya-ul-Haq murder, who was then posted as Deputy Superintendent of Police at Kunda in Pratapgarh district.

A Single Bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh passed this order while hearing a Criminal Misc Bail Application filed by Manjeet Yadav.

By means of the application under Section 439 CrPC, the accused-applicant seeks bail in RC-2(S)/2013/CBI/SC-1/New Delhi, under Sections 302, 147, 148, 323, 332, 353, 506 201 read with 149 IPC lodged at Police Station Hathigawan, District Pratapgarh.

The allegations against the accused-applicant and co-accused are that they killed Deputy SP Zia-ul-haq on March 2, 2013, when he went to the village of the accused in respect of some crime.

As per the case, the public servant was allegedly assaulted by the accused-applicant and co-accused by lathi and danda; on pointing out of the accused-applicant, hockey stick was recovered, which was having human blood stains; the accused applicant has been in jail for more than nine years from the date of his arrest; the prosecution has concluded the evidence of its witnesses; after recording statement of the accused-applicant under Section 313 CrPC the defence witnesses are being examined; all together five defence witnesses have already been examined.

On behalf of the accused-applicant, it is submitted that co accused have been granted bail by the Court; they have identical role as of the accused-applicant; the accused-applicant has no criminal history except the case.

It is also submitted that the accused-applicant shall cooperate in the trial and shall not adopt any tactic to delay the trial; the Court may impose any term/condition as it may deem fit and proper in the facts and circumstances of the case, however, it would be expedient to enlarge the accused-applicant on bail to prepare his defence and considering long incarceration of the accused applicant in jail, he is otherwise entitled to be released on bail.

Counsel for the respondent – CBI has opposed the bail and submitted that the accused-applicant and co-accused not only interfered in the public functions but they mercilessly assaulted the Deputy SP Zia-ul-haq and killed him; there is no delay in conclusion of the trial and it is the accused who are delaying the trial and they have submitted a list of 13 witnesses to be examined as defence; they have given names of those persons, who were not posted.

It is further submitted that the accused-applicant wants to delay the trial unnecessarily and now he is complaining that the trial could not be concluded within nine years.

“Considering the long incarceration of the accused-applicant in jail and the fact that there is no previous criminal history of the accused-applicant except the case, the trial is almost complete where defence witnesses are being examined, the Court deems it appropriate to enlarge the accused-applicant on bail,” the Court observed.

The Court ordered, “Let applicant-Manjeet  Yadav, accused of above-mentioned FIR/crime number, be released on bail on his furnishing a personal bond and two local and reliable sureties each in the like amount to the satisfaction of the Court concerned with the following conditions, which are imposed in the interest of justice:-

(i) the applicant(s) shall file an undertaking to the effect that he 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(s) shall remain present before the trial court on each date fixed, either personally or through his counsel. In case of his 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(s) misuse(s) the liberty of bail and in order to secure his presence proclamation under Section 82 CrPC is issued and the applicant(s) fail(s) 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; and

(iv) the applicant(s) 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 CrPC.

If in the opinion of the trial court default of this condition is deliberate or without sufficient cause, then it shall be open for the trial court to treat such default as abuse of liberty of his bail and proceed against him in accordance with law,” it added.

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