Calcutta High Court grants bail to rape accused
Calcutta High Court grants bail to rape accused
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Calcutta HC grants bail to statutory rape-accused after being told that (now) adult victim and accused wish to get married in near future

The Court added that if the marriage does not take place within three months, or if there is any complaint made against the petitioner by the victim in the next six months, the bail granted may be annulled.

Meera Emmanuel

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday granted bail to a man accused of statutory rape, in view of submissions that the victim, who was now an adult, intended to get married to the accused in the near future.

As recorded in the order passed by Justices Sanjib Banerjee and Kaushik Chanda,

"The petitioner claims that though the alleged victim was a minor when the petitioner may have had a sexual relationship with her, the victim has now attained majority and the petitioner and the victim intend to get married in the immediate future."

In view of this submission, the Bench proceeded to grant the petitioner bail, subject to the Investigating Officer being satisfied that the victim has understood the situation properly.

Further, the Court added that if the marriage does not take place within three months, or if there is any complaint made against the petitioner by the victim in the next six months, the bail granted may be annulled.

Bail was granted, subject to the petitioner furnishing a security of Rs.10,000 and producing a personal release bond of equivalent value to the satisfaction of the concerned court.

[Read the order]

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