Allahabad HC rejects bail to woman accused of brewing spurious liquor killing 7

The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday rejected the bail application of Maya Devi alias Mayawati, an accused in the famous case of the death of seven people due to drinking spurious liquor in Sikandrabad, Bulandshahr.

A Single Bench of Justice Vivek Agarwal passed this order while hearing a Criminal Misc bail Application filed by Maya Devi @ Mayawati.

Counsel for applicant submitted that applicant has been implicated in Case registered at Police Station-Sikandrabad, District-Bulandshahar under Sections 272, 273, 304 IPC and Section 60(A) of the U.P. Excise Act.

Applicant's case is that her son Kuldeep was impleaded as an accused in the FIR and he was charged with manufacturing and supply of spurious liquor, consumption of which, caused death of seven persons. Police had approached this lady on January 09, 2021 to inquire about the whereabouts of Kuldeep and when she refused, then on January 10, 2021, a false recovery of some quarters of liquor have been shown from the possession of the applicant and she has been taken into custody.

Counsel for applicant submitted that applicant is 66 years old lady and if she is forced to undergo incarceration because of the acts of her son, from whom recovery was made a day earlier, then on the basis of such frivolous recovery, she will be not only tortured, but also incarcerated for no fault of hers.

Additional Advocate General submitted that chargesheet has been filed. In the F.S.L. report, methyl alcohol was found, mixed with ethyl alcohol, rendering it unfit for consumption of human beings.

It is submitted that at least seven persons died because of consumption of such spurious liquor. It is also submitted that recovery from the possession of the applicant, is not casual, but reflects that whole family is involved in the business of illicit trade.

It is further submitted that Kuldeep was not arrested from his house and recovery was made from the possession of Kuldeep and not from the house, in which present applicant is staying.

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"After hearing Counsel for parties and going through the record, it is true that applicant's name is not mentioned in the FIR, but it is also true that recovery of spurious liquor has been made from the possession of the applicant, which was found to be poisonous.

Provisions contained in Section 272 IPC, as are application to the State of U.P., provides for imprisonment for life and therefore, in such a matter, where admittedly, spurious liquor has caused seven deaths and injury of health to several others, it is not a fit case to enlarge the applicant on bail at this stage", the Court said.

Therefore the Court dismissed the bail application.