Recently, the Allahabad High Court at Lucknow has granted bail to a retired Lekhpal, accused of manipulation of government records for mutation of government land to private persons.
Counsel for the Applicant Mr Naved Ali submitted that two private persons, in whose names some land was mutated, have already been granted bail. He further submitted that the case is based on documentary evidence and witnesses are government officials. The accused applicant has no chance to tamper with the evidence or influence the witnesses or avoid the trial. He further submits that the accused-applicant may be put to some financial burden without prejudice to his rights and contentions in the trial as a condition precedent for grant of bail.
Sri Anirudha Kumar Singh, A.G.A., opposed the bail application and submitted that the offence committed by the accused applicant and other co-accused is very serious in nature. The applicant along with other co-accused had transferred a large number of valuable government land in favour of the private persons for consideration other than legal and justified one.
Hon’ble Justice D.K. Singh of Allahabad High Court at Lucknow allowed the bail application considering the age of the Applicant and nature of evidence in the case. However the Court imposed following Condition:
The applicant shall deposit a sum of Rs.2,00,000/- with the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, Uttar Pradesh within a period of two weeks from the date of his release from jail on bail and the said amount (Rs.1,00,000 each) shall be disbursed to two martyrs who have been killed by Maoists in border of BijapurSukma district, Chhattisgarh, namely, Head Constable Raj Kumar Yadav of District Ayodhya (U.P.) and Constable Dharmdev Kumar of District Chandauli, U.P., belong to CoBRA (210 battalion) CRPF. In case, the applicant fails to deposit the aforesaid amount, this order shall be treated to be cancelled and the applicant shall be taken into custody.