Prisoner fears losing home over bail row with Kalyan police

Updated: Jan 26, 2018, 11:35 IST | Faisal Tandel

Family members of a 45-year-old, who was imprisoned in Aadharwadi Jail, Kalyan, fear losing the roof above their head, after the police threatened to seize the man's property in Uttar Pradesh because he was unable to cough up Rs 59,415 for the cops

Shitla Prasad Singh
Shitla Prasad Singh

Family members of a 45-year-old, who was imprisoned in Aadharwadi Jail, Kalyan, fear losing the roof above their head, after the police threatened to seize the man's property in Uttar Pradesh because he was unable to cough up Rs 59,415 for the cops who accompanied him for the funeral of his daughter, last month.

Shitla Prasad Singh, 45, who hails from Malaq village in Pratapghad, Uttar Pradesh, had applied for temporary bail on December 29, to perform the last rites of his elder daughter, Priyanka Singh, 15, who had committed suicide.

Singh, a father of three, was serving time in jail after his second wife, Krishna, who is a Bhiwandi resident, had filed a rape case against him in 2016.

On December 28, he was informed about the death of his daughter. Accordingly, advocate RR Tripathi, who is representing Singh, approached the court, requesting that his client be granted temporary bail so that he could carry out the last rites.

"The court immediately granted Singh bail for 15 days, and also mentioned that he would be accompanied by two police personnel," Tripathi said. However, we weren't informed of any charges that would have to be paid for the service.

Tripathi performed the last rites in Ulhasnagar on December 30. He then requested that he be allowed to throw the ashes in the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh. "But, the police denied the request on grounds that they didn't have orders to take him to UP," Tripathi said.

On January 2, he was informed that he had to pay Rs 59,415 to the police. When he refused, the police filed an application with the additional session judge. The following day, the court passed a ruling in the police's favour, and ordered that if Singh didn't deposit the amount on the same day, the Bhiwandi Police could seize all his movable and immovable properties, Singh's lawyer said. His 15-day bail was also terminated.

On January 8, Singh's lawyer moved the Bombay High Court, which has stayed the order of seizing the property. The next hearing of the case is on February 2.

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