HC permits Deepak Bajaj to withdraw bail plea

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Nov 2017 11:54:51


Legal Correspondent,

After a little lengthy hearing, applicant- Deepak Bajaj of Sindhu Mahavidyalaya, in the city, who is in jail for about two years, found the Judge, Justice S B Shukre at the High Court, not inclined to grant him regular bail, he sought the Court’s permission to withdraw his application. The Court permitted him the withdrawal with liberty to approach the Sessions Court for bail.After taken into custody for the alleged illegalities and irregularities, it was for third time he was before Justice Shukre for bail.

Earlier, with the same prayer, he had approached the Supreme Court twice and, now, if he moves the Sessions Court, he will be filing the application for bail before the Sessions Court for fourth time. The Court agreed with the senior APP Sanjay Doifode, that there is no change in circumstances from the time when his application for bail was rejected by Justice Shukre, sometime around September, 2016. This time also he complained of suffering from diabetes and blood pressure and not getting proper treatment at the Central Jail. The Court’s attention was also drawn to the fact that in earlier rejected application for bailalso Bajaj had unsuccessfully raised these grounds.

In response to the APP pointing out to the Court that the applicant has approached the High Court directly without moving the Sessions Court, the suggestion came from the Court that proper course for him would to move the Sessions Court in the interest of judicial propriety and discipline. Earlier, sometime in the year 2015, after rejection of his plea for pre-arrest bail, he had moved the High Court with the same prayer, which was rejected by Justice V M Deshpande. Against the High Court’s order, he had moved the Supreme Court, unsuccessfully.

Thereafter, he surrendered and was taken into custody. Then, after failing to get regular bail from the Sessions Court, he moved the High Court for regular bail and Justice Shukre had rejected his plea. Against that he went to the Apex-Court again. The Supreme Court gave him liberty to move the Sessions Court for bail after charges are framed.
After framing of the charge at the trial court, Bajaj moved the Sessions Court third time and was refused bail. His trial is pending before the Special Judge of the Court for Anti-Corruption Bureau cases. Thereafter, he moved the High Court for regular bail again in September, 2016 and was refused by Justice Shukre before filing this application now. Another interesting fact is that he has changed lawyers in every round. Advocate Ashok Raghute appeared for him, this time.