Bail denied to accused involved in misappropriation of Govt ration

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 10: Additional Sessions Judge Jammu Tahir Khurshid Raina today rejected the bail application of one Ashok Kumar, who was allegedly involved in misappropriation of Govt ration meant for general public.
After hearing Advocate PC Sharma for the applicant whereas Senior PO for the State, the court observed, “Government depots are meant to give ration to poor people on meagre rate so that have-nots of the society can survive without starvation”, adding “it is irony that by its misappropriation by people like accused the target beneficiary of the Govt remains deprived of their due share”.
Court further observed, “when the poor are dying on account of starvation and Government is trying its best to address this grave issue by providing food items to such people at a meagre rate, the accused and their ilk are frustrating this lofty acts of the Government just for satisfying their own greed of having enough of money and material at their disposal”.
“Whole material on record manifestly reflects the rank criminality of the accused whereby he has deprived the poor and common people of their rights and due shares. Such accused cannot now claim his right to life and liberty”, the court said, adding “”though bail is a rule and jail is an exception but this principle of criminal justice system has to be applied justly not blindly”.
Accordingly, court felt it apt not to exercise discretion of grant of bail in favour of accused at this stage of investigation.


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