Bombay High Court grants bail to man accused of abetting the suicide of 4 in family

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has granted bail to a man who was booked for abetting the suicide of four members of the same family in Oshiwara, Mumbai in 2015. A single-judge bench of Justice Sadhana Jadhav granted bail to Tinku alias Yash Singh, who was arrested by the Oshiwara police station in February 2015.

Singh was arrested by the police after the dead bodies of Bharati Pal (25), her brother Somnath Pal (20) were found hanging in Tinku’s flat, where they worked as house-keepers. On the very same day, the police had also found the bodies of the sibling’s mother Shikha Pal (45) and her partner Manoj Patel (50) at their Lokhandwala flat.

Shikha and Manoj, had kept an amount of Rs 50,000 cash in their refrigerator as a ‘gift’ for the police. The police had also found letters purportedly written by Bharati who held Tinku responsible for her death as she was allegedly molested, sexually abused and forced to marry him.

In the suicide note, Bharati had also claimed that Tinku abused and assaulted her for more than 3 years and upon her refusal to marry, he had threatened her of dire consequences such as threats of throwing acid on her face. After perusing all the records of the case, Justice Jadhav said, “This court is of the opinion that to attract the offence under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC, the accused (Tinku) ought to have necessarily committed an act which would connote complicity of the accused in the commission of suicide of the victim.”

“At this stage, it would be necessary to consider whether there was a direct nexus between the cause and the object. In the absence of any nexus between a cause and object prima facie, no presumption could be drawn, that Tinku was responsible for the suicidal death of Somnath, Shikha or Manoj,” Justice Jadhav added.

While allowing the bail, Justice Jadhav said, “Tinku has been in custody for more than two years from now without any framing of charge against him. Also this application has been pending since 2015 on one count or the other so he deserves to be enlarged on bail.”

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