JAMMU, Feb 23: In the much publicized Major Anita suicide case, High Court today granted pre-arrest bail to Major Anoop.
After hearing Advocate Aseem Sawheny appearing for the petitioner, Justice Alok Aradhe observed, “from the perusal of the material available on record, it transpires that the deceased was in live-in relationship with the petitioner for the past about five years. Therefore, in view of the law laid down in Askhay Manoj Jaisinghani prima facie offence under Section 376 RPC is not made out”.
“It is also pertinent to mention here that though the petitioner has been named in the suicide note, yet the fact remains that prima facie there is no material on record to suggest any act of abetment on the part petitioner for commission of suicide by the deceased”, High Court said.
With these observations, High Court granted anticipatory bail to the petitioner subject to the condition that the petitioner shall make himself available for investigation as and when required and he shall furnish personal bond in the amount of Rs 50,000 with one surety of like amount to the satisfaction of Investigating Officer.
“He shall not directly or indirectly make any inducement either to intimidate or try to influence the investigation in any manner and also he shall not leave the State without permission of the Investigation Officer except in connection with the official duty”, the High Court said.