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Priyankaben Rameshbhai Patel vs State Of Gujarat

High Court Of Gujarat|26 February, 2019
1. This application is filed by the applicant under Section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 for regular bail in connection with FIR registered as C.R. No.I-6 of 2018 with CID Crime Ahmedabad Zone Police Station, Ahmedabad, for the offence punishable under Sections 420 and 120(B) of the Indian Penal Code, under Sections 4, 5, 6 of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978 and under Section 3 of Gujarat Protection of Interest of Depositors (In Financial Establishments) Act, 2003.
2. Learned advocate appearing on behalf of the applicant submits that considering the nature of offence, the applicant may be enlarged on regular bail by imposing suitable conditions.
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3. On the other hand, the learned Additional Public Prosecutor appearing for the respondent-State has opposed grant of regular bail looking to the nature and gravity of the offence.
4. Learned Advocates appearing on behalf of the respective parties do not press for a further reasoned order.
5. I have heard the learned advocates appearing on behalf of the respective parties and perused the papers. Following aspects are considered :-
I) The F.I.R. is registered on 26-03-2018 for the offence which is alleged to have taken place before 30 to 35 months back of the filing of the F.I.R.;
II) The applicant is in custody since 06-02-2018; III) Investigation qua the applicant is over as the remand period is over;
IV) Submission of the learned Advocate for the applicant that the applicant is a lady accused. Only allegations is that the applicant was having joint account with father-Ramesh Patel, who had floated scheme;
V) Submission of the learned Advocate for the applicant that in the entire scheme, there is no complaint of any financial loss either to the financial institution or to those who have taken benefit for the scheme, till the accounts were seized;
VI) Learned Additional Public Prosecutor under the instructions of the Investigating Officer is unable to bring on record any special circumstances against the applicant.
6. This Court has taken into consideration the law laid down by the Hon'ble Apex Court in the case of Sanjay Chandra v. Page 2 of 4
R/CR.MA/3183/2019 ORDER Central Bureau of Investigation reported in [2012] 1 SCC
7. In the facts and circumstances of the case and considering the nature of the allegations made against the applicant in the First Information Report, without discussing the evidence in detail, prima facie, this Court is of the opinion that this is a fit case to exercise the discretion and enlarge the applicant on regular bail.
8. Hence, the present application is allowed. The applicant is ordered to be released on regular bail in connection with C.R. No.I-6 of 2018 with CID Crime Ahmedabad Zone Police Station, Ahmedabad, on executing a personal bond of Rs.10,000/= (Rupees Ten Thousand Only) with one surety of the like amount to the satisfaction of the trial Court and subject to the conditions that she shall;
(a) not take undue advantage of liberty or misuse liberty;
(b) not act in a manner injurious to the interest of the prosecution;
(c) surrender passport, if any, to the lower Court within a week;
(d) not leave the State of Gujarat without prior permission of the Sessions Judge concerned;
(e) mark presence before the concerned Police Station once in a month for a period of six months between 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.;
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(f) furnish the present address of her residence to the Investigating Officer and also to the Court at the time of execution of the bond and shall not change the residence without prior permission of this Court;
9. The authorities will release the applicant only if she is not required in connection with any other offence for the time being. If breach of any of the above conditions is committed, the Sessions Judge concerned will be free to issue warrant or take appropriate action in the matter.
10. Bail bond to be executed before the lower Court having jurisdiction to try the case. It will be open for the concerned Court to delete, modify and/or relax any of the above conditions, in accordance with law.
11. At the trial, the trial Court shall not be influenced by the observations of preliminary nature qua the evidence at this stage made by this Court while enlarging the applicant on bail.
12. The application is allowed in the aforesaid terms. Rule is made absolute to the aforesaid extent. Direct Service is permitted.
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