HC rejects bail in Divya Manhas’s Murder case


JAMMU, Oct 7: In a much publicized murder of Divya Manhas in which Trial Court has framed charges against Vikram Manhas, Rabil Sharma and Yasjeet Singh, Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta of J&K High Court dismissed the bail
application of Yasjeet Singh.
According to the police case, on October 9, 2014 Divya Manhas died due to dactyl morphine (heroine) poisoning. The accused, who are drug peddlers used to supply drugs to various drugs customers including the deceased. Later, because of de-addiction of deceased, the accused had not only lost a customer but were apprehending their exposure at the hands of deceased and in furtherance of conspiracy accused injected heavy dose of heroin in the body of deceased, as a result which she died.
Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta after hearing Govt Advocate Sanjeev Padha appearing for the state observed that law is settled that conviction can be based of solitary witness, if it inspires confidence of court; detail appreciation of evidence cannot be done at the time of considering the bail in heinous offence. The Prosecution has based its case on direct as well circumstantial evidence; in case any link in chain is snapped then whole case can become doubtful.
The grounds taken in the petition and arguments advanced by counsel for petitioner may be good grounds for acquittal, but not for granting bail. Further once an accused is charge sheeted under offence, which carries capital punishment, then there is less chance of bail in mid trial stage, unless Court comes to the conclusion that there are reasonable grounds to believe that accused has not committed any offence. With these observations Court dismissed the application. JNF

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