Updated: June 14, 2020 12:40:42 pm
While granting bail to four persons arrested for allegedly attacking a police team on Covid-19 duty in Govandi’s Shivaji Nagar area, the Bombay High Court directed them to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000 each and deposit, “as a punishment to be responsible citizens”, Rs 5,000 each to the Chief Minister’s Fund (CM Fund) used for measures to control the coronavirus outbreak.
A single-judge bench of Justice Bharati Dangre passed the order through video conference on Friday after hearing the bail pleas of Gaus Mohammed Shaikh and three other applicants booked under charges, including attempt to murder and damage to public property of the IPC and disobeying orders by police under the Maharashtra Police Act.
According to police, a mob of around 30 people had allegedly attacked a patrol team on Covid-19 duty and pelted a police vehicle with stones at Shivaji Nagar area in Govandi in April.
Police said the mob tried taking off an inspector’s mask and attacked another officer with an iron rod.
The accused, through their advocates Jigar Agarwal and Shaikh Shafi Ahmed, argued that they had been arrested only because they are in the age group of 22 to 25 years and are residents of the locality where the incident took place.
“Though the applicants are entitled for the benefit of doubt, alleged act policemen being attacked apparently while trying to enforce the coronavirus lockdown need to be tackled on a serious note. The applicants should be made to bear the consequences of assaulting the police team and causing interruption in discharge of their official duty,” the court said.
Observing this, the court granted bail to the applicants on furnishing personal bond of Rs 10,000 with sureties. Justice Dangre said they are entitled to be released on bail if they deposit Rs 5,000 each to the CM Fund on their immediate release. The bench further noted, “Failure to do so would result in recalling of the said order releasing them on bail.”
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