HC rejects bail for cop in case of suicide abetment
The court, in its order, noted that there were several statements of the deceased's friends which point out to the harassment by the accused
The Bombay High Court rejected the pre-arrest bail plea of a constable attached to Ulhasnagar police in Thane district, accused of abetting the suicide of a 19-year-old youth.
A vacation bench of Justice Sarang Kotwal was hearing an application filed by police constable Pawan Kedar seeking anticipatory bail in the case lodged against him by the Ulhasnagar police on May 3 under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of IPC.
According to the police, the victim, who used to run a juice and sandwich stall in Ulhasnagar, committed suicide on May 5 after being allegedly harassed by the accused. Kedar allegedly demanded R10,000 from the victim each month and free food, failing which he threatened to book the victim under false cases.
When the victim refused to pay the money, the accused, on May 2, took the victim to the police station and allegedly said he was going to be booked in a case. The victim after returning home committed suicide. His brother then lodged a case against Kedar for causing harassment amounting to abetment to suicide.
"Considering all the material available with the police, at this stage it is clear that because of the harassment caused by the present applicant (Kedar), the deceased had to take the extreme step of suicide," the court said. In view of these circumstances, no case for anticipatory bail is made out, it added.
Kedar's advocate M K Kocharekar told the court that the accused was only doing his duty diligently and had taken legitimate action against the deceased for which he cannot be termed as an offender.
The court, in its order, noted that there were several statements of the deceased's friends which point out to the harassment by the accused.
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