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Appellant granted bail to attend father’s last rites: The High Court of Jharkhand

Appellant granted bail to attend the last rites of his father who lost his life due to covid-19. The above mentioned was a gesture of sympathy showcased by the Jharkhand High Court on 2nd June 2021 by a single judge bench comprising Justice Anubha Rawat Choudhary while providing their verdict in the case of Aman Mandal v. The State of Jharkhand and Anr. [Cr. Appeal (S.J.) No. 68 of 2021 with I.A. No. 2431 of 2021].

The present appeal has been filed for bail in connection with Mihijam P.S. Case No. 138 of 2018, and S.T/S.C. Case No. 29 of 2019 for the offence under Sections 341,323,325,326,307, 504,506/34 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3(1) (X) of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 pending in the court of learned Special Judge, Jamtara.

 It was submitted by the learned counsel for the appellant that on account of the sudden demise of the appellant’s father due to Covid-19, the appellant was unable to attend his last rites and seeks the courtesy of the court to be granted a provisional bail to attend the same and that the copy of interlocutory application has already been served upon the learned counsel appearing on behalf of opposite party. Learned counsel appearing on behalf of the State submitted that he has received the copy of the interlocutory application and has also sent the copy of the same to this court during the court proceedings which is kept on record. Learned counsel appearing on behalf of the State had no serious objection to the grant of provisional bail to the appellant but he submitted that immediately after three weeks the appellant should surrender and file his surrender certificate before this court.

After hearing the learned counsel for the parties and considering the facts and circumstances of the case, the court was of the opinion that, “the appellant is directed to be released on Provisional bail till 25.06.2021 on furnishing bail bond of Rs. 10,000/- (Ten thousand) with two sureties of like amount each to the satisfaction of learned Special Judge, Jamtara, in connection with Mihijam P.S. Case No. 138 of 2018, and S.T/S.C. Case No. 29 of 2019 subject to certain conditions.” Keeping the situation in mind, it was also adjudged by the court that “The appellant shall surrender before the learned court below by 25.06.2021 and file his surrender certificate before this court latest by 1st of July, 2021.”

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