Nagpur: Justice S B Shukre at the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court granted bail to all the accused in the sensational case of assault on cop on duty.
According to prosecution, the complainant Traffic Police constable Ravindra Salaam and another constable Nitin Ingole were on duty on 20-01-2017. On that day the accused Saifaz Chini, Aamir Chini and one more accused were going from Bus Stand to their home on a two-wheeler triple seat. Midway, they were stopped by the complainant constable. He asked for papers of the vehicle. However, instead of producing the documents, the accused Saifaz Chini called his father Farookh Chini who came to the spot along with a group of all accused persons namely Sheikh Farookh Sheikh Peersaheb, Haider Khan Hayat Khan, Tausif Hayat Khan, and Sakeeb Iqbal Khan. The accused started hurling abuses on constable Ravindra by his caste and also assaulted by kicks and fisty blows. As a result, Ravindra suffered injuries and reported the matter to Senior Police Inspector Rathod who ditected himto lodge compliant against all the accused persons. At that time of incident, API Vijay Kashodhan was also present along with other witnesses. Accordingly, the complainant went to Ajni Police Station and filed a report in this regard at about 10 pm. On the basis of the complaint, offences were registered against the accused under Sections 353, 341, 294, 506, 143, 147, 148, 149 of the IPC read with Sections 3(1) (10), 3(2)(5) (A) of SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act and Sections 50, 128 of Motor Vehicles Act.
The applicant moved an application for grant of anticipatory bail. Adv Sudeep Jaiswal, appearing for the applicant, argued that the applicant Farookh Chini is running a bakery and is also a local reporter of a local newspaper which exposes illegal business and activities of police officials. Because of this fact, the applicant is not in good books of the police personnel. Moreover, if this incident was ever happened then the police station was just 200 metres away from the spot of incident and API Kashodhan was also present there but none went to the police station for lodging report immediately. There is a considerable delay of five hours in lodging the report which itself shows that the applicant was implicated falsely along with others.
Justice Shukre accepted this argument and released the accused persons on anticipatory bail on their furnishing PR and SB of Rs 15,00 each. The court also directed the accused to report the police station daily till the filing of chargesheet.