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Nikhil Rajeshbhai Ribadiya v/s State of Gujarat

    R.CR.MA. No. 3102 of 2019

    Decided On, 06 March 2019

    At, High Court of Gujarat At Ahmedabad

    By, THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE VIPUL M. PANCHOLI

    For the Applicant: Ashish M. Dagli, Advocate. For the Respondent: J.K. Shah, APP.



Judgment Text

Oral Order:

1. By way of the present application under Section 438 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, the applicant-accused has prayed for anticipatory bail in connection with the FIR being C.R. No. I-7/2019 registered with Amroli Police Station, Surat City for the offenses punishable under Sections 406, 420and 114 of the Indian Penal Code.

2. Learned advocate for the applicant submits that the nature of allegations are such for which custodial interrogation at this stage is not necessary. He further submits that the applicant will keep himself available during the course of investigation, trial

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also and will not flee from justice.

3. Learned advocate for the applicant on instructions states that the applicant is ready and willing to abide by all the conditions including imposition of conditions with regard to powers of Investigating Agency to file an application before the competent Court for his remand. He further submit that upon filing of such application by the Investigating Agency, the right of applicant accused to oppose such application on merits may be kept open. Learned advocate, therefore, submitted that considering the above facts, the applicant may be granted anticipatory bail.

4. Learned Additional Public Prosecutor appearing on behalf of the respondent - State has opposed grant of anticipatory bail looking to the nature and gravity of the offence.

5. Having heard the learned advocates for the parties and perusing the material placed on record and taking into consideration the facts of the case, nature of allegations, gravity of offences, role attributed to the accused, without discussing the evidence in detail, at this stage, I am inclined to grant anticipatory bail to the applicant.

6. This Court has considered the following aspects,

(a) for the alleged incident of 2015, FIR came to be filed on 04.01.2019;

(b) from the observations made by the Sessions Court in the order rejecting the application for anticipatory bail filed by the applicant, it is clear that co-accused Vishal Rameshbhai Shiroya has given promissory note on 12.03.2018 to the complainant, he has also given promissory note dated 18.04.2018 to witness Sureshbhai;

(c) it is further clear that said co-accused also issued five cheques in favour of the complainant and witnesses;

(d) learned advocate for the applicant produced on record the order passed by the concerned Magistrate Court while exercising powers under Section 437 of Criminal Procedure Code in favour of three co-accused viz. Parmanand Vinubhai Asodariya, Vishal Rameshbhai Shiroya, Alpeshbhai Savjibhai Shiroya. Thus, the three co-accused are released on regular bail by the concerned Magistrate Court;

(e) the co-accused viz., Subhashbhai Manubhai Shiroya and Mohitbhai Subhashbhai Shiroya are released on anticipatory bail by this Court vide orders 25.02.2019 and the role attributed to those accused is similar to the present applicant. Therefore on the ground of parity, the case of the present applicant requires consideration.

7. This Court has also taken into consideration the law laid down by the Hon'ble Apex Court in the case of Siddharam Satlingappa Mhetre Vs. State of Maharashtra and Ors., reported at [2011] 1 SCC 694, wherein the Hon'ble Apex Court reiterated the law laid down by the Constitution Bench in the case of Shri Gurubaksh Singh Sibbia & Ors. Vs. State of Punjab, reported at (1980) 2 SCC 665.

8. In the result, the present application is allowed.

The applicant is ordered to be released on bail in the event of his arrest in connection with a FIR being C.R. No. I-7/2019 registered with Amroli Police Station, Surat City on his executing a personal bond of Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand Only) with one surety of like amount on the following conditions:

(a) shall cooperate with the investigation and make himself available for interrogation whenever required;

(b) shall remain present at concerned Police Station on 13.03.2019 between 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.;

(c) shall not directly or indirectly make any inducement, threat or promise to any person acquainted with the fact of the case so as to dissuade him from disclosing such facts to the court or to any police officer;

(d) shall not obstruct or hamper the police investigation and not to play mischief with the evidence collected or yet to be collected by the police;

(e) shall at the time of execution of bond, furnish the address to the investigating officer and the court concerned and shall not change his residence till the final disposal of the case till further orders;

(f) shall not leave India without the permission of the Sessions Court and if having passport shall deposit the same before the Trial Court within a week; and

(g) it would be open to the Investigating Officer to file an application for remand if he considers it proper and just and the learned Magistrate would decide it on merits;

9. Despite this order, it would be open for the Investigating Agency to apply to the competent Magistrate, for police remand of the applicant. The applicant shall remain present before the learned Magistrate on the first date of hearing of such application and on all subsequent occasions, as may be directed by the learned Magistrate. This would be sufficient to treat the accused in the judicial custody for the purpose of entertaining application of the prosecution for police remand. This is, however, without prejudice to the right of the accused to seek stay against an order of remand, if, ultimately, granted, and the power of the learned Magistrate to consider such a request in accordance with law. It is clarified that the applicant, even if, remanded to the police custody, upon completion of such period of police remand, shall be set free immediately, subject to other conditions of this anticipatory bail order.

10. At the trial, the Trial Court shall not be influenced by the prima facie observations made by this Court in the present order.

11. Rule is made absolute to the aforesaid extent.

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