Lalit Patil’s escape: Court to hear bail pleas of 2 cops today

  • | Sunday | 19th November, 2023

Pune: A holiday magisterial court on Sunday will hear bail applications of two policemen arrested on Friday on the charge of negligence resulting in drug kingpin Lalit Patils escape from the prisoners ward of the Sassoon General Hospital on October 2.Lawyers Sameer Ghatge and Vipul Dushing filed the bail pleas after the city police crime branch filed a remand report not seeking extension of the initial custodial remand of arrested police naik Nathuram Kale and constable Amit Jadhav after they were produced before the court on Saturday.The court sent Kale and Jadhav to magisterial custody remand for 14 days. The arrested duo were later sent to the Yerawada central jail.The lawyers pleaded the court to hear and decide on the bail pleas forthwith. However, since crime branch (unit II) inspector Nandkumar Bidwai, who is the investigation officer, was not present at the time of hearing, the magistrate directed him and the state prosecution to file their written submissions and deferred hearing of the bail pleas to Sunday.Ghatge said, We have filed a bail plea for Jadhav because the investigation officer neither served him the mandatory notice under section 41 (a) of the Criminal Procedure Code, nor gave him a hearing before arresting him. Ten policemen were suspended for negligence, but only Jadhav and Kale were arrested. The eight other policemen present on duty at the prisoners ward were not arrested.Dushing said, We have filed a bail plea for Kale on medical grounds, because he is seeking medical treatment for injuries sustained during an accident in October.Assistant public prosecutor Amar Nanaware said, We will oppose Jadhav and Kales bail pleas because they are involved in a serious crime. The police have arrested eight accused till now, but the investigation in the escape case is in progress. The gravity of the crime has wider ramifications.We also published the following articles recentlyBefore suicide, farmer readied plea seeking helpN Subramaniyan, a 71-year-old farmer from Kannur, committed suicide due to financial difficulties and the lack of a proper home. In a petition written by his daughter, he detailed the challenges his family faced, including man-animal conflicts and the threat of wild animals on their land. Subramaniyan requested a house under the Life Mission program and aid for his medical treatment. Local officials have called for immediate action to address the issue of man-animal conflicts in the region.Yemen Supreme Court nixes plea of nurse on death rowThe Delhi High Court has asked the Indian government to make a decision within a week regarding a mothers request to travel to Yemen. Her daughter, Nimisha Priya, is on death row in Yemen for the murder of a Yemeni national. Priya, a nurse, was convicted of injecting the man with sedatives to retrieve her passport from him. The mother seeks to negotiate "blood money" to save her daughter. The court has directed the government to decide on the matter promptly.Constitutional court must avoid fixing timeline for hearing cases: SCThe Supreme Court of India has stated that the Constitutional Court should not set a time-bound schedule for the disposal of cases unless the situation is extraordinary. The court made this statement while refusing to entertain a plea seeking a direction for the disposal of a criminal matter within a fixed time. The court emphasized that every high court and court in the country has a large number of pending cases, making it difficult to set strict deadlines. However, the court mentioned that if there is an extraordinary urgency, the concerned bench can be approached.

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