New Delhi: The bail plea of a police constable, facing trial for the alleged murder of his wife in 2011, has been rejected by the Delhi High Court which said the accused may flee if he is granted bail.
Dismissing the bail plea of Delhi Police constable Virendra Singh recently, Justice R V Easwar said, "Taking all the circumstances, the rival arguments and the material on record into account, I do not think that this is a fit case for grant of bail."
"I do share the apprehension expressed by the Additional Public Prosecutor that granting bail at this stage, when the trial is about to close, involves the risk of the accused fleeing from justice."
The court also took note of the accused constable`s post- incident conduct and said "(just because) the evidence is purely circumstantial, does not automatically entitle the accused to bail."
The court had rejected Singh`s argument that other accused in the case, including his mother, have been granted bail and he was also entitled to it.
According to the prosecution, before the incident on September 26, 2011, the victim had called up a PCR van early in the morning and told the police that she was calling from Quarter No 112, Police Colony, Shakarpur to inform that her in-laws along with her husband had threatened to kill her.
When policemen reached there, they were informed by a lady member of the accused`s family that no such call was made from the house. Later, the police had found the house locked.
Following a complaint from the victim`s family, the police had initiated an inquiry and found that soon after the incident, the family had taken the woman`s body to their native village and cremated her there.
The High Court also took note of the fact that the accused constable had called up his superior on September 27, 2011, and requested for 10 days leave on the ground that his wife was seriously ill but had not disclosed that she was no longer alive.