Filing Of Chargesheet Not Enough Grounds To Grant Bail, Says Hc, Legal News, ET LegalWorld – Legal Firms


Mere filing of a chargesheet does not entitle a dowry-death accused to bail, the high court said while denying the same to a 28-year-old man from T Narasipura town, Mysuru.

“Mere submission of chargesheet is not a ground for admitting the petitioner to bail, considering the seriousness and gravity of offences. Looking at all these facts and circumstances, the petition being devoid of merit does not survive for consideration and accordingly stands rejected,” Justice Rajendra Badamikar stated in his recent order.

The petitioner, Deepu, got married on December 6, 2020 and allegedly subjected his wife to constant ill-treatment, seeking more dowry. On October 25, 2021, his wife narrated to her parents over phone about the alleged harassment and the next day, she was found hanging from the ceiling in her husband’s house.

After the sessions court denied him bail, Deepu moved the high court. He sought bail on the grounds that there were no specific allegations and compelling circumstances against him concerning dowry harassment.

However, Justice Badamikar pointed out: “The death occurred within 10 months of marriage and there are specific allegations regarding dowry harassment. Further, the death is an unnatural one and it is for the accused to explain as to under what circumstances the deceased committed suicide.”

There is material evidence to show the woman was subjected to ill-treatment prior to her death, the judge added, rejecting Deepu’s petition.

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