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M.R. RAJAN, AGED 54 YEARS v. STATE OF KERALA - Bail Appl No. 4182 of 2007  RD-KL 12992 (13 July 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMBail Appl No. 4182 of 2007()
1. M.R. RAJAN, AGED 54 YEARS,
1. STATE OF KERALA,
For Petitioner :SRI.P.VIJAYA BHANU
For Respondent :PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
R.BASANT, JB.A.No.4182 of 2007
Dated this the 13th day of July, 2007
ORDERApplication for anticipatory bail. Petitioner is the 1st accused. The crime has been registered on the basis of the order dated 18.08.06 by the Ombudsman for Local Authorities. The petitioner is the convenor of a committee. In such capacity he is alleged to have received amounts from accused 2 to 4, the Vice President and Secretary of Grama/Block Panchayats. Before the Ombudsman, the petitioner complained that he had not received rice as alleged by the officials. He further submitted that some of the receipts which are purported to be receipts signed by him were not really signed by him. The learned Ombudsman verified the signature and found apparent incongruity and felt that the matter must be investigated into. Accordingly the Superintendent of Police, Trichur was directed to do the needful. On receipt of the said order, as directed by the Superintendent of Police, the present crime has been registered.
2. The learned counsel for the petitioner submits that there has been mindless registration of the crime without really looking into the nature of the allegations and the observations of the learned Ombudsman. Actually the petitioner is the victim and not offender, he submits. B.A.No.4182 of 2007 2
3. The learned Public Prosecutor submits that subject to appropriate conditions, which should ensure that the petitioner co- operates with the investigation, anticipatory bail can be granted to the petitioner. In the facts and circumstances of the case, I am convinced that directions under Section 438 Cr.P.C can be issued in favour of the petitioner subject to appropriate conditions.
4. In the result, the Bail Application is, allowed. The
following directions are issued under
Section 438 Cr.P.C.
i) The petitioner shall appear before the learned Magistrate at 11 a.m on 20.07.2007. He shall be enlarged on regular bail on his executing a bond for Rs.25,000/- (Rupees Twenty Five thousand only) with two solvent sureties each for the like sum to the satisfaction of the learned Magistrate; ii) The petitioner shall make himself available for interrogation before the Investigating Officer between 10 a.m and 3 p.m on 21.07.2007and thereafter between 10 a.m and 3 p.m on all Mondays and Fridays for a period of one month. Subsequently the petitioner shall make himself available for interrogation before the Investigating Officer as and when directed by the Investigating Officer in writing to do so; iii) If the petitioner does not appear before the learned Magistrate as directed in clause (i), directions issued above shall B.A.No.4182 of 2007 3 thereafter stand revoked and the police shall be at liberty to arrest the petitioner and deal with him in accordance with law as if those directions were not issued at all; iv) If the petitioner were arrested prior to his surrender on 20.07.07 as directed in clause (1) above, he shall be released on bail on his executing a bond for Rs.25,000/- (Rupees Twenty Five thousand only) without any sureties undertaking to appear before the learned Magistrate on 20.07.07.
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