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Patna High Court ignored gravity, nature, seriousness of crime: Supreme Court cancels bail of murder accused

The apex court noted that “no reasons whatsoever have been assigned by the High Court while releasing the respondent No.2 on bail.

Citing precedents, the Court highlighted that in bail orders, while courts need not evaluate merits in detail, they “cannot obviate its duty to apply a judicial mind and to record reasons, brief as they may be, for the purpose of deciding whether or not to grant bail.

Taking into consideration the fact that the accused is involved in the double murder of the present appellant’s father and younger brother, the Court said that “the High Court has simply brushed aside the same and has not considered the same at all.” While taking note of allegations that the appellant and witnesses were being pressurised, the top court in its order stated that in the instant case, “bail is absolutely unsustainable and the same cannot stand.

The Court thus set aside the High Court order and directed that the accused to surrender before the concerned jail authority forthwith.

Source: Barandbench

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