Abetment of suicide: Bail plea of DU college employee rejected

A Delhi court has dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of a DU college employee in an abetment of suicide case of a woman, saying it earlier gave the relief to the co-accused principal but complete facts were not brought before it.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 29, 2014, 23:22 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court has dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of a DU college employee in an abetment of suicide case of a woman, saying it earlier gave the relief to the co-accused principal but complete facts were not brought before it.

Additional Sessions Judge Hemani Malhotra, who had earlier granted bail to GK Arora, Principal of Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, however, denied the same to Ravinder Singh.

"On my prima facie view, the inquiry report ...Is flawed and is suspicious. Had this fact been brought to the notice of this court while addressing arguments on anticipatory bail of co-accused GK Arora, I would have perused the dying declaration myself and perhaps would not have granted anticipatory bail to co-accused GK Arora," the judge said.

Singh had sought the anticipatory bail on the ground of parity.

Earlier, the principal of the college and Singh were summoned as accused by a magisterial court in the abetment of suicide case of the woman employed with the institution.

The lower court had issued the summons after rejecting the closure report of the police, saying there was sufficient prima facie material to proceed against them.

Rejecting the anticipatory bail plea of Singh, the judge said, "It appears that police was in connivance with the accused persons to shield them."

The court also noted that the investigating officer had not checked the genuineness of SDM's signature on the dying declaration and said that had it been aware of these, then it would not have given the bail to the principal either.

During the hearing on Singh's plea, the public prosecutor did not oppose the application.

According to the FIR, the woman, on September 30, 2013, had burnt herself in front of Delhi Secretariat and later died at a hospital here.

She, in her dying declaration, alleged that the principal and Singh tortured and forced her to commit suicide as the duo wanted to establish physical relations with her.

The case was lodged under section 306 (abatement of suicide) of the IPC.