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SHIJU, AGED 24 YEARS v. STATE OF KERALA - Bail Appl No. 4990 of 2007  RD-KL 15697 (14 August 2007)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAMBail Appl No. 4990 of 2007()
1. SHIJU, AGED 24 YEARS,
1. STATE OF KERALA
For Petitioner :SRI.NAGARAJ NARAYANAN
For Respondent : No Appearance
The Hon'ble MR. Justice R.BASANT
O R D E R
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Dated this the 14th day of August, 2007
ORDERApplication for regular bail. Petitioner is the 13th accused. He faces allegations along with co-accused for offences punishable, inter alia, under Sec.302 IPC. An earlier application for regular bail filed by the petitioner was dismissed by this Court as per order dated 3.08.07 in B.A.No.4652/20074. I have adverted facts in detail in the said order. This order must be read in continuation of the said order.
2. The petitioner remains in custody from 28.06.07. Specific overt acts are not alleged against him. He is alleged to have passed on the information about the movements of the deceased from time to time to enable the principal accused to track the victim and mount the murderous attack on him. The learned counsel for the petitioner submits that the petitioner who remains in custody from 28.06.07 may now be released on bail. The learned Public Prosecutor opposes the said prayer.
3. I shall carefully avoid any detailed discussion on merits about the acceptability of the allegations or the credibility of the data collected. Suffice it to say that on an anxious consideration of all the relevant inputs including the nature and gravity of the allegations, B.A.No. 4990 of 2007 2 stage of investigation etc., I am not persuaded to grant regular bail to the petitioner at this early stage. Investigators in a serious crime like this are certainly entitled to further time to complete the investigation.
4. In the result, this petition is dismissed. However, I may hasten to observe that the petitioners shall be at liberty to move this court or the Sessions court for bail again at a later stage of the investigation not, at any rate, prior to 24/08/2007. The police shall, in the meantime, make every endeavour to complete the investigation.
(R.BASANT, JUDGE)sj /TRUE COPY/
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