Punjab and Haryana high court
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court has made it clear that anticipatory bail to an accused must be granted in very exceptional circumstances as “a person couched in comparative safety of the prearrest bail would certainly not disclose all the facts within his knowledge.”
The purpose of anticipatory bail is to save innocent persons from harassment and inconvenience and not to shield guilty persons and criminals from custodial interrogation by the investigating agency, ruled Justice H S Madaan while dismissing anticipatory bail plea of the petitioner, Gagan Inder Singh, a resident of Faridabad, who was booked for abetment to suicide. “In case, the same interrogation] is denied to the agency that shall leave many glaring loopholes and gaps, adversely affecting the investigation, which is uncalled for,” observed the HC.
‘Girl sent msg to friend blaming accused’
The petitioner was booked by Faridabad police on complaint of a 63-year-old Faridabad woman whose daughter, 39, was unmarried and owned a beauty parlour near NIT, Faridabad.
The daughter had an affair with the accused and used to meet him frequently.
“On June 14, the deceased had left with the accused and remained with him till her death on June 15. I was informed by my daughter’s friend that my daughter is going to commit suicide. By the time I reached the BPTP bridge, my daughter had jumped off the bridge and died. Though she was taken to hospital, she was declared brought dead,” the complainant alleged.
In her statement to the police, the complainant also claimed that her daughter had sent a message to her friend’s number that the accused and his family were responsible for her death and that the accused had deceived her.
The accused had earlier approached the local court in Faridabad, which on June 29 had dismissed his pre-arrest bail plea. Aggrieved from this, the accused had then approached the high court.