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Report by Radhika Mitta

This is a case summary of an application for anticipatory bail in FIR No. 512/2022 under Sections 307/498A/34 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (‘IPC’), registered at PS Ranhola, New Delhi.


The incident involved a lady who fell from the roof of her matrimonial house and sustained grievous injuries. She alleged that she was taunted, beaten, and threatened for dowry and was restrained from communicating or meeting with her parents and husband. The victim accused the present applicant, Ms. Mamta (mother-in-law), along with other accused persons of dragging her to the terrace and pushing her from there. During the course of the investigation, the statement of an eyewitness was recorded, who initially stated that the complainant herself jumped from the roof but later retracted her statement. The complainant admitted to communicating with her mother, brother, and husband through the phone of the present applicant’s son and his wife. The complainant’s father and brother-in-law also visited her matrimonial house and witnessed her being abused and misbehaved with at the hands of the present applicant and his family. The present applicant was not found at her expected address during the investigation as she was undergoing treatment at a hospital. A chargesheet was filed, and the anticipatory bail application of the present applicant was dismissed. A non-bailable warrant was issued against the present applicant by the learned Metropolitan Magistrate, Tis Hazari Courts.


The contentions of the plaintiff/complainant are not explicitly stated in the given case summary. However, it can be inferred that the complainant had filed a First Information Report (FIR) against the applicant (present respondent) and had made serious allegations against her, including allegations of cruelty and harassment at her matrimonial home.


The learned counsel for the applicant (present respondent) argued that the allegations made in the FIR were false and that no specific allegations had been made against the applicant. The counsel also submitted that the complainant had jumped from the terrace of her matrimonial home and that an eyewitness had corroborated this fact. The counsel further urged that the applicant was an old woman with health issues and required frequent medical attention. The defence counsel argued that no material had been placed on record to substantiate the prosecution’s claim that the applicant posed a threat to the complainant or could tamper with evidence.


In view of the facts and circumstances of the present case, the application for anticipatory bail is allowed. In the event of her arrest in connection with the present FIR, the applicant is directed to be released forthwith, upon her furnishing a personal bond in the sum of Rs. 50,000/- (Rupees Fifty Thousand) along with one surety of the like amount to the satisfaction of the Investigating Officer/Arresting Officer. In case it is established that the applicant tried to tamper with the evidence, the bail granted to the applicant shall stand cancelled forthwith.


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