SC raps HC for bail to techie’s murder accused
NEWDELHI: The Supreme Court of India has criticised a Bombay High Court order that seemed to suggest, while granting bail to three accused in a murder case, that they had been provoked “in the name of religion”.
On 8 February, the SC set aside the Bombay HC order that released on bail the three accused in the murder of Punebased techie Mohsin Shaikh in 2014.
The three accused are part of right-wing organisation Hindu Rashtra Sena and had reportedly attended an inflammatory meeting just before they accosted and killed Shaikh. The meeting happened in the background of communal clashes in Pune. While the SC’s decision to quash the Bombay HC order was reported on 8 February itself, it is only now that the apex court’s order has been uploaded on its site -- and it shows the top court’s displeasure.
Taking exception to the HC order, the SC bench of Justice SA Bobde and Justice L Nageswar Rao said that the high court judge should have refrained from recording reasons that appears to justify the murder of the victim in the name of religion. The bench said, “We have no doubt that a Court fully conscious of the plural composition of the Country while called upon to deal with rights of various communities, can’t make such observations which may appear to be coloured with a bias for or against a community.”