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DELHI HIGH COURT - IMPRISONMENT AT THE TRIAL STAGE CANNOT BE PROLONGED SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF TEACHING THE ACCUSED A LESSON.



In the case of ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฉ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜ท. ๐˜•๐˜Š๐˜› ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช [Bail Application 1033 of 2023], a complaint was lodged by the Complainant, stating that her daughter had been lured by an unidentified individual and had not returned home. Subsequently, an FIR was registered u/s 365 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 ("IPC"). Additionally, the Complainant's husband informed the police that their daughter had been taken for ransom, with the kidnapper demanding 40 lakh rupees for her safe release, and threatening to harm her if the demand was not met. Following this, the investigating police discovered the victim in the custody of the Petitioner and one more accused.


The Petitioner was arrested under sections 364A, 365, 342, 323, 506, 102B, and 34 of IPC. Thereafter police filed their chargesheet before the Trial Court. Consequently, a bail application u/s 439 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 (โ€œCrPCโ€) was moved before the Delhi High Court.


The High Court observed that โ€œ๐˜ˆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ, ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญโ€.


The prosecution has not proven that any harm was done to the victim by the accused, according to the Court's further observation. It also found that even the victim's MLC shows "๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ."


Thus, while granting conditional bail to the accused, the Court stated: โ€œ๐˜๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ, ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด.


โ€The High Court reaffirmed that the seriousness of an offence is not the only factor in whether bail should be denied by holding that "๐˜ˆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด. ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ.โ€

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