2018 Dowry Death Case | Court rejects 3rd consecutive bail plea of accused

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A local court on Saturday rejected third consecutive bail application of a man allegedly responsible for death of his wife, in 2018 dowry death case in Mehjoor Nagar here.

After hearing additional public prosecutor Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar and defence counsel, the court of fourth additional district and sessions judge, Haq Nawaz Zargar said the dowry death were the sensitive cases which deals with the institution of marriage and should be dealt with utmost care and caution.

The court observed that the allegations leveled against the accused were still “intact and has not been altered or deleted.”

The court said there was not any bar in granting of bail in the dowry death cases. “But the accused can be granted bail only if evidence which has come on record overwhelmingly point towards the non­involvement of the accused in the case,” the court said. 

“After scanning through the evidence recorded till date more, particularly the statement of parents and sisters (of the victim), this court is not inclined at this stage to feel that petitioner is entitled to bail,” the court said.

It observed that argument raised by defence counsel that there were “contradictions and exaggerations, improvement in the statement of the prosecution witnesses, is irrelevant at this stage.”

“The (defence) counsel had got swayed away with few statements of one witness and forget that we are at present dealing with the bail application where threadbare examination of the statements of the witnesses is not possible,” the court said.

It said for a limited purpose of bail application the court can “sift the evidence but not to that extent as if the court is dealing with the final arguments at the final stage of the trial.”

“I find no merit in the instant application, thus same is rejected,” the court said.

As per prosecution, Paramjeet Kaur, 29, alias Pooja, who hailed from uptown Chanapora here, was married to Manmeet Singh from Mahjoor Nagar.

She was allegedly harassed by in-laws over dowry demands which allegedly compelled her to commit suicide in 2018.