High Court rejects Palande's bail plea

The Bombay High Court yesterday cancelled the bail application of Vijay Palande after noting that he had “misused the discretion of the court” to commit more crimes after his previous release.

Vijay Palande
Vijay Palande. File pic

Palande was convicted for the murder of Anup Das and his father Swaraj Das in 1998, following which he appealed in the High Court challenging the conviction. During the pendency of that appeal, a division bench of Justices R M S Khandeparkar and A A Sayed granted Palande bail against surety of Rs 30,000 on December 7, 2007.

Subsequent to this bail, Palande murdered actor Anuj Tiku’s father Arun, along with another businessman Karan Kakkad, in early 2012. Advocate K M Mhatre yesterday informed the court that after hisĀ release, Palande allegedly continued attending the police station as required by the bail order.

The division bench of Justices P V Hardas and A M Thipsay noted that Palande was charged with fleeing from police custody, besides two murders and an attempted murder. The court further observed, “It appears that the respondent, whilst on bail, committed several offences including two offences punishable under Section 302 and one under 307.

There is another offence under Section 224... The discretion exercised by this court in enlarging [Palande] on bail was misused. As per his own showing, he has committed four crimes. He has abused the liberty granted by the court and his bail deserves to be cancelled.” The court also ordered Palande to be taken into judicial custody, and rejected his lawyer’s request for expediting the trial.Ā 

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