|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Mar 20 : In the alleged Channi Himmat rape case, high court judge Alok Aradhe has granted bail to three accused, including a woman.
Those granted bail included Jatinder Singh, son of Harnam Singh of Sainik Colony, Sanjay Kumar, son of Gopal Dass of Akhnoor, and Swarna Kumari, wife of Ashok Kumar of Qasim Nagar, Narwal.
The victim, in her complaint lodged with police on September 29, 2016, alleged that Swarna came to her rented room at Qasim Nagar on September 25 night and took her to her room at Channi Rama where Sanjay, Jatinder and Bubby raped her. They later fled the spot, locking her in the room. She claimed that she somehow escaped from the room next day. She also claimed that she had been higher studies at Jammu University.
Taking a cognizance of the complaint, police had registered a case under sections 376 and 120-B of RPC.
Justice Aradhe, after hearing both the sides said the petitioners were in jail for the last more than five months and investigation of the case had been completed and charge sheet filed.
"There appears to be no need of their custodial interrogation," he observed and granted them bail with the direction that they would remain present before the trial court on each and every date of hearing. They were directed to furnish personal bonds of Rs 50,000 with one surety of like amount each to the satisfaction of Registrar Judicial of court.
"They shall not directly or indirectly make any inducement either to intimidate or try to influence the witnesses in any manner and shall not leave the state without prior permission of the trial court," the court ordered.(JNF)