LE Staff

Chandigarh, September 10, 2021: The Punjab and Haryana HC has allowed a petition under Section 439 of the Cr.P.C, which was filed seeking regular bail in an FIR dated April 15, 2019, under Sections 13(1)(B) read with 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, registered at Police Station Vigilance Bureau Range Amritsar.

The petitioner was working as Inspector in Punjab Roadways Department. The allegation in the FIR was of amassing disproportionate assets than his known source of income.

It was submitted from the petitioner’s side that the petitioner has been in custody since February 22, 2021. The investigation was also complete. No recovery was to be made.

The State Counsel opposed the prayer for grant of regular bail on the ground that the petitioner was involved in five more cases and out of which one is under Section 7 and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The Bench of Justice Avneesh Jhingan opined that the investigation of the case was complete. The conclusion of trial is likely to take time.

The Bench was of the opinion that merely the petitioner is involved in some more cases itself would not be a ground to deprive him of his personal liberty. Moreover the case was primarily based upon documentary evidence, added the Court.

Thus, the Court granted bail on furnishing surety bonds to the satisfaction of the Chief Judicial Magistrate/Duty Magistrate concerned.

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