Thursday, February 16, 2012

[ZESTCaste] IIT student granted bail

IIT student granted bail
TNN | Feb 16, 2012, 06.47AM IST

KANPUR: The special judge SC/ST Act Kanpur Nagar on Wednesday granted
bail to IIT student Surendra Bhokia who had been charged with
kidnapping and compelling a woman to marriage.

The prosecution claimed before the judicial official that accused
Surendra and complainant Pratibha (name changed) were natives of
Andhra Pradesh and knew each other well. The accused was a IIIrd year
student of IIT Delhi while the girl was a Ist year student of IIT
Kanpur. The accused had visited Kanpur on November 25, 2011 and had
allegedly kidnapped the girl and taken her to Arya Samaj temple for
wedding. There the complainant narrated the truth to the priest who
later refused to solemnize the wedding and the girl managed to escape.
She lodged a report at the Kalyanpur police station on the same day.
The accused had also sent indecent SMS to the girl. The police
arrested the boy after legal formalities.

The defense counsel argued that Surendra was innocent and the case was
fabricated. He belonged to a poor family. The complainant had sought
academic help from Surendra when she was appearing in the IIT entrance
test. The incident of kidnapping, as stated, was held in an area of
heavy rush. There was no independent witness who had stated that a
kidnapping had taken place. The accused was student of third year and
his career was in jeopardy.

The defense counsel also stated that the Allahabad high court had
restrained the police on his arrest and information had been sent to
the DIG office by fax by the government counsel on February 9, 2012.
Even then the police had arrested him. It was a clear case of contempt
of court order.

The presiding judge in his order observed that after witnessing the
file and available documents, he found it as a fit case of bail hence
the bail had been granted. The accused should furnish a personal bond
of Rs 20,000 and two sureties of like amount for the satisfaction of
court, the judge said.

The judge in his order further observed to summon a report from DIG
office by February 17,2012 regarding the arrest of the accused despite
a stay order from the high court.

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