Updated: September 28, 2021 9:32:40 pm
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted interim protection from arrest to actor and fitness enthusiast Sahil Khan in connection with a suicide attempt by Manoj Patil, a bodybuilder.
A single-judge bench of Justice Prakash D Naik was hearing Khan’s anticipatory bail plea, which was filed after the sessions court denied him pre-arrest bail in the case.
Khan was named in the FIR filed by Oshiwara police on Friday in connection with a suicide attempt by Patil, who won the Indian Body Builders Federation (IBBF) Mr India title for best sports physique in 2016.
Patil had tried to end his life by taking an overdose of sleeping pills at his Oshiwara residence and was rushed to hospital where he is recovering. Khan, along with others, have been booked for pushing him to take the extreme step, an officer said.
Advocate Rajiv Chavan for Khan argued that his client had no criminal antecedents and that the complaint lodged by Patil was false, bogus, motivated and registered with ‘malafide’ in view of past grudges.
Chavan told the court that section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC is wrongly applied in the case and the same is arbitrary and it cannot be applied as Patil is still alive.
After the prosecution lawyer sought time to take instructions from the investigating officials, the HC adjourned the hearing to October 12 and granted interim protection in the event of arrest to Khan till then.
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