A Delhi court on Tuesday denied bail to Apoorva Shukla Tiwari, the main accused in the murder case of former Congress leader ND Tiwari’s son Rohit Shekhar.
Rohit Shekhar, the son of former Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh chief minister ND Tiwari, was allegedly murdered on the intervening night of April 15-16. Apoorva was arrested in connection with this case on April 24. Delhi Police has claimed in the charge-sheet that Apoorva killed Rohit Shekhar.
An earlier bail application was also dismissed by the court on September 24, 2020, when the charge was framed against Apoorva for murder under Section 302 of IPC.
The prosecution has alleged that the motive of the accused for commission of crime was her frustration with the alleged relationship of Shekhar with someone and her intention to grab the property.
Advocate Mehmood Pracha appearing for Apoorva said her health had worsened in jail and she will get treated at a better hospital if released from jail.
Countering the contentions of the prosecution that Apoorva had political ambitions, Pracha submitted that political ambition will be fulfilled if the husband is alive. Moreover she never met late ND Tiwari, which, according to him, further demolishes the prosecution theory that she has political ambitions.
Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav, however, observed,
“While deciding the bail application, the position and status of the accused has to be seen and considered. The applicant was married with the deceased and hence is a part of the family. Many pubic witnesses associated with family of the deceased are yet to be examined. Applicant being part of the family is definitely in a position to influence the public witness who are yet to b examined.”
Further having regard to the severity of the offence, which is murder, the Court was of the view that Apoorva was not entitled to bail at present.