Criminal petition filed under section 438 of Cr.P.C (Direction for grant of bail to person apprehending arrest) to enlarge the petitioner on bail for the offence punishable under section 307( Attempt to murder), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 324 ( Volunteering causing hurt by dangerous or means), 506( Punishment for criminal intimidation) read with 34 of ( Act done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) by the petitioner. And the petition was allowed by the High court of Karnataka through the learned bench led by the Honorable MR. Justice H P Sandesh in the case of MR. Nagaraj vs state of Karnataka (criminal petition no. 451/2022) on 25th January 2022.
Facts of the case are that when the complainant’s husband was returning, at that time, the petitioner along with other accused persons, inflicted injury on the head of her husband and inflicted injury with steel rod on the hands and legs and when he screamed at the spot, this petitioner again pulled him and assaulted with steel rod and all of them joined together and assaulted him.
Arguments presented by the learned counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioner that petitioner has been falsely implicated in the case and also the injuries are simple in nature and only with an intention to keep the petitioner behind the bar, Section 307 of IPC is invoked and no such ingredients are made out.
Arguments presented by the learned High court government pleader appearing on behalf of the respondent state that the victim had sustained injuries and he was taken to NIMHANS Hospital and fresh injuries and contusions were found, but no fracture on the head.
After hearing both the counsels and looking into the contents of the case presented before the hon’ble court by the petitioner that the allegation which are made that the victim was assaulted with machete on the head, but only contusions were found on the head and scalp and there is no fracture. Having taken note of the gravity of the offence and the nature of injuries, which are simple in nature in which bail can grant to the petitioner. Then petition was allowed by the court on certain grounds such as: The petitioner shall surrender himself before the Investigating Officer within ten days from the date of receipt of a certified copy of this order and shall execute a personal bond for a sum of Rs.2,00,000/- with two sureties for the like-sum to the satisfaction of the concerned Investing Office Officer; The petitioner shall not indulge in hampering the investigation or tampering the prosecution witnesses; The petitioner shall co-operate with the investigating Officer to complete the investigation and he shall appear before the Investigating Officer, as and when called for; The petitioner shall not leave the jurisdiction of the Investigating Officer without prior permission till the charge-sheet is filed or for a period of three months, whichever is earlier; The petitioner shall mark his attendance once in a month i.e., on 30th of every month between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m., before the investigating Officer for a period of three months or till the charge-sheet is filed, whichever is earlier.
Judgement Reviewed by Sugam Anand Mishra