TADA detenu imprisoned in jail for 14 years, seeks bail
An undertrial, imprisoned for 14 years and six months in a murder case, has sought bail from Bombay HC saying he had been denied the constitutional right to an expeditious trial.
Mumbai: An undertrial, imprisoned for 14
years and six months in a murder case, has sought bail from
Bombay High Court saying he had been denied the constitutional
right to an expeditious trial and has already undergone
pre-trial punishment normally awarded to a life convict.
The Court directed him to file an affidavit by May 6
after he refuted allegations of police that he was absconding
for five years before his arrest in 1995 under TADA (P) Act.
51-year-old Ramchandra Pandey, arrested in 1995 for the
murder of Ghansham Bhatija, a rival of former Ulhasnagar MLA
Pappu Kalani, argued that other accused had got bail.
Since his arrest in 1995, Pandey has been in jail as
the trial has been stayed by the Supreme Court after the
victim`s family knocked the doors of the apex court.
Pandey contended that he has been incarcerated since
14 years and police investigations had concluded in the case
and also the chargesheet had been filed.
Police opposed his bail on the ground that Pandey had
criminal antecedents and was involved in other murder cases
also. If he was released on bail there was likelihood of his
tampering with evidence or impeding trial.
Police alleged that Pandey was driving the car in which a
group of five persons drove to Pinto Park hotel in Ulhasnagar
and one of them shot at Bhatija. Pappu had allegedly
threatended to kill Bhatija for convassing against him in
Ulhasnagar Municipal Council elections.