The man accused of murdering 23-year-old house surgeon, Dr. Vandana Das, has approached the Kerala High Court seeking bail. [Sandeep v State of Kerala & Anr.]..The accused, one Sandeep, allegedly stabbed Dr. Das multiple times when she was examining him after he was brought to the hospital by the police for medical examination in the early hours of May 10.A crime was registered soon after the incident and Sandeep was booked for offences punishable under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapons or means), 333 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from duty), 307 (attempt to murder) and 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as under the provisions of the Kerala Healthcare Service Persons and Healthcare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act, 2012, and the Kerala Prevention of Damage to Private Property and Payment of Compensation Act, 2019.Sandeep had first moved the Kollam District Court for bail but his plea was rejected by it on July 27 prompting this fresh bail application before the High Court. .Sandeep has claimed in his plea that he is innocent of all charges and that the entire story has been cooked up by the prosecution.He contended that he was arrested merely based on the suspicion by the police and that there is no prima facie case made out against him.“No information was provided by the Police to the family members or friends of the Petitioner (Sandeep) regarding the arrest and it is well evident that no details of those persons are not at all specifically mentioned in the report filed before the Ld. Magistrate, thereby the strict compliance of Arnesh Kumar V/s State of Bihar [AIR 2014 SC 2756] has not been followed (Sic), ” the plea added..As per the petition, Sandeep was of unsound mind and under the influence of sedatives when the incident occurred. As there was no intention to cause the death of Dr. Das, Section 302 would not be attracted, the plea stated. .Another claim in the plea is that the investigating officers have been leaking information regarding the investigation to the media.“The case may attract either justifiable or uncalled media publicity and there is the tendency of the Press to draw sustenance, even from unconfirmed sources including the police in order to boost their garbled versions and the Petitioner (Sandeep) submits that it has to be considered at the time of the Bail Petition,“ the plea alleged..Moreover, judicial custody of Sandeep is unwarranted at this stage as no further custodial interrogatio is required to recover any materials from him, the bail application stated. .Advocates BA Aloor, KP Prasanth, Archana Suresh, Haritha Hariharan and Ailin Elezabath Mathew are representing Sandeep.