A city court, hearing the bail plea of two persons arrested in connection with the death of 19-year-old Arunachal student Nido Taniam, on Thursday transferred the matter to a special court. The matter was transferred after police, in their status report, said the two men had been arrested under provisions of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The matter was posted before Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar, who transferred it to a special judge citing lack of jurisdiction. The special judge will hear the plea on Friday.
The two men, Pawan Singh and Sunder Singh, have claimed they were mere witnesses to the quarrel between shopkeepers and Taniam, and had no role in his death. “They had taken photographs of the incident… showed it to police but nobody believed them,” counsel Shalabh Gupta told the judge on February 4, while submitting the bail application.
According to Gupta, the two men live opposite the spot where the quarrel broke out between the shopkeepers and Taniam. They were mere witnesses and also called police, he claimed.
He said Pawan also signed as a witness in the settlement paper, under which Taniam paid Rs 7,700 to the shopkeepers. “It is a matter of grave concern that innocent citizens have been harassed and illegally been accused… they have never been involved in any other case and have clean antecedents,” the bail application stated.
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Assault on Manipuri women: Court rejects bail plea of accused
A city court on Thursday dismissed the bail plea of a man arrested on charges of assaulting two Manipuri women on January 25. Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chouhan refused to grant bail to accused Prem Chand, considering the gravity of the charges against him. Five men arrested in the case, including Chand, have been remanded in judicial custody until February 17.
Earlier, the accused had refused to participate in the test identification parade. The magistrate has recorded the testimony of the two Manipuri victims in the case. The women claimed that on January 25, the accused had deliberately set their dog upon one of them. When she kicked the dog in defence, the men slapped her and assaulted both the women, they alleged. Arrests were made one week after the incident.