Patna High Court granted Bail under condition to do Voluntary Service for COVID-19

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The Patna High Court granted bail to a man who was accused in a murder case under the condition that he would render service as a volunteer for three months to combat the global crisis that is prevailing.

Ranvijay Singh, the accused was registered under Sections 302, 120(b) read with Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 27 of the Arms Act. It was held that the case was based merely on suspicion even though he was in prison at the time of the commission of the crime.

It was also argued that the petitioner was in custody since October 24, 2019, and he was held responsible only because the co-accused had said that he had accomplished the task at the instance of the petitioner.

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Mr Bindhyachal Singh, learned counsel for the informant, submitted that various materials surfaced which proved that even though the petitioner was in custody at the time, it could be seen that he was the kingpin of the entire crime. It was also submitted by Mr Singh that various tactics to pressurize the informant were used by the petitioner and hence granting bail to the petitioner is not an option.

After considering the facts of the case, the Court held that bail could be granted as the petitioner was merely suspected for the crime and his role in the commission of the crime had only been verified by the co-accused and not proved. Bail was granted at Rs 50,000/-. The court, however, took into account the ongoing circumstances in the country and imposed certain other conditions concerning the bail.

In light of the recent events taking place in the country, the court imposed a condition wherein the accused would have to render service as a volunteer for three months from the date of his release. The petitioner is required to present himself and report to the Civil Surgeon, Saran at Chapra on his release. The petitioner has to make himself useful and provide his services to the Civil Surgeon in the process of combating the Corona Virus.


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