The Supreme Court has granted anticipatory bail to the brother and brother-in-law of a Dalit man who reportedly died by suicide after the family of his wife from the OBC community levelled kidnapping charges against him and she went off with her parents.
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee granted the relief on Wednesday.
The deceased had married the woman on August 23, 2019, at an Arya Samaj Mandir. The next day, the woman’s uncle lodged an FIR accusing him and his family of kidnapping and criminal intimidation.
He and the family filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court on September 25, 2019 for quashing the FIR.
“The Allahabad High Court in its order dated 25 September 2019, noted that in pursuance of its directions, the victim had appeared in-person and ‘expressed her willingness’ to go with her parents,” the Supreme Court
order pointed out.
The man died the next day —September 26, 2019 — which led to the registration of a separate case. In her statement dated October 9, 2019, the woman levelled rape charges against his family. The HC granted anticipatory bail to three women members of his family but the brother and brother-in-law did not get the relief, following which they appealed in the apex court.
Appearing for them, Advocate Bhuwan Raj said the woman’s statement was given almost two weeks after she went with her parents and that the appellants were “falsely implicated”.
Granting them anticipatory bail, the Supreme Court however refrained from making any comments on the merits as the case is still pending.