“Karnataka High Court Grants Bail in Case of Assault: Analyzing the Judgment”


Dattu @ Dattararya S/O Jyotiba … vs The State Through

11 May, 2023

Bench: Hon’ble Ramachandra D. Huddar



In a recent case before the High Court of Karnataka, Justice Ramachandra D. Huddar granted bail to the petitioner, Dattu, in a criminal matter involving multiple charges. The case, registered as Crime No. 290/2022 at Afzalpur Police Station, accused Dattu and others of offenses punishable under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). This blog post provides a summary and analysis of the court’s judgment, highlighting the grounds for granting bail and the conditions imposed on the petitioner.

Facts of the Case:

According to the complaint filed by the victim, Shrishail, he was allegedly assaulted by Dattu and the co-accused. The incident involved an altercation, abusive language, and physical assault resulting in grievous injuries to the victim. The complaint further alleged an attempt to cause murder, prompting the filing of the case. The petitioner, Dattu, sought bail on the grounds of innocence, the victim’s discharge from the hospital, and being the sole breadwinner of his family.

Arguments Presented:

The petitioner’s counsel argued that Dattu was innocent and falsely implicated in the case. They contended that since the victim had been discharged from the hospital and there were no life-threatening injuries, bail should be granted. The counsel assured the court that the petitioner would comply with any conditions imposed. The state, represented by the High Court Government Pleader, opposed the bail application, stating that the investigation was not yet complete and there was a risk of tampering with evidence.

Court’s Decision:

After considering the arguments and examining the records, the court granted bail to the petitioner. The judge emphasized that bail is the general rule and detention should be the exception, except in cases where the offense is punishable by capital punishment. The court noted that the victim had been discharged from the hospital and there were no life-threatening injuries. The petitioner’s undertaking to abide by the court’s conditions further influenced the decision.

Conditions Imposed:

As a part of the bail order, the court imposed several conditions on the petitioner. These included executing a personal bond with sureties, refraining from threatening or tampering with prosecution witnesses, weekly attendance at the police station, non-involvement in similar offenses, and cooperation with further investigation.


The High Court’s judgment in the case of Dattu granting bail provides an insight into the court’s reasoning and approach when considering bail applications. The court considered factors such as the severity of the offense, the condition of the victim, the petitioner’s conduct, and the likelihood of cooperation in the investigation. This case highlights the delicate balance between ensuring the accused’s right to liberty and safeguarding the interests of justice.

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