The court rejected pre-arrest bail for petitioner no. 1 as he caused grievous injuries but granted bail for petitioners no. 2, 3 and 4 as they caused simple injuries: High court of Patna

The petitioners were arrested under Section 341 IPC, “Punishment for wrongful restraint”, section 323, “Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt”, section 324, “Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means”, section 307, “Attempt to murder”, section 379, “Punishment for theft”, section 427, “Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees”, section 447, “Punishment for criminal trespass”, section 504, “ Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace”, and sections 506/34 of the Indian Penal Code. This present petition is in connection with Bajpatti PS Case No. 325 of 2020 dated 13.08.2020.

In the high court of Judicature at Patna, this judgement was given by honourable Mr Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah on the 21st of August 2021 in the case of Md. Gulab and others versus the state of Bihar criminal miscellaneous No.16757 of 2021, Mr Ashok Kumar Jha Represented as the advocate for the petitioner, Mr Sakir Ahmad represented the state of Bihar as the additional Public Prosecutor, and Mr Alok Kumar represented as the advocate for the informant, the proceedings of the court were held via video conference.

The following are the facts of the case, the petitioner and 10 others have been accused of assault on the informant and the others which resulted in injuries and petitioner no.1 has been specifically accused of assaulting one Mr Md. Ezaz with a farsa and petitioner no.2 and 4 has been accused of assaulting the informant with an iron rod and petitioner no.3 has been accused of hitting one Mr Enamul by a cemented pillar.

The counsel representing the petitioner held that the parties are agnates and there has been a dispute during the Panchayati. This incident took place on 11th august 2020 and the FIR was filed on the 13th of august on a written report which shows that the injuries were not that serious on the informant’s side and it occurred in the spur of the moment, there has been no explanation for the delay in filing for the FIR there has also been a counter case filed by the petitioners’ side which shows that even the petitioner was seriously injured and was admitted in the hospital.

According to the injury report for Mr Md. Ezaz discloses two incised wounds bone deep on the head besides other wounds; the injury report of Enamul Haque shows swelling on the lips and mobility of teeth of the lower and upper region, as also the injury report of Md. Tanseer (informant) discloses lacerated wound skin deep on the skull and body aches. However, all these injuries are considered simple in nature which is caused by hard and blunt substances except for Mr Md Ezaz as he had bleeding from his nostrils which were considered grievous in nature. Further, the counsel held that the petitioners have no other criminal antecedent.

The additional public prosecutor held that the allegations of assault are very specific against the petitioners and the incident has also resulted in injuries. The counsel for the informant held that just because there is a counter case by the petitioner does not indicate the falsity of the present case however the counsel has not controverted the delay for filing the FIR and the copies of the injury reports.

The court concluded that “the Court finds that as there is a specific allegation of overt act against the petitioner no. 1 that he assaulted by farsa on the head of Md. Ezaz, who sustained bone-deep injuries on the head, the Court is not persuaded to grant pre-arrest bail to him. Therefore the prayer for pre-arrest bail on behalf of petitioner no. 1, Md. Gulab stands rejected. However for petitioners no. 2, 3 and 4 are concerned, in view of the specific overt act against petitioners no. 2 and 3 i.e., Md. Ubaid and Md. Junaid, of hitting by iron rod on the head of the informant Md. Tanseer and there is only one lacerated wound on the head which is simple in nature as also the fact that against petitioner no. 3, Md. Junaid, there is an allegation of assault on Enamul Haque whose lips were swollen and there was the mobility of teeth of lower and upper region and all the aforesaid injuries have been found to be simple in nature caused by hard and blunt substance and that the petitioners no. 2, 3 and 4 have no other criminal antecedent, the Court is inclined to allow their prayer for pre-arrest bail. The petitioners no. 2, 3 and 4, Md. Ubaid, Md. Zunaid, and Md. Suhail, respectively, be released on bail upon furnishing bail bonds of Rs. 25,000. The petition stands disposed of in the aforementioned terms.”

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