Holding of High Offices Does Not Entitle an Accussed to Anticipatory Bail: SC

A Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Krishna Murari and Hrishikesh Roy has held that
Holding high office does not entitle one to anticipatory bail. The Court observed this in the case of ANIL KUMAR SINGH ALIAS ANIL SINGH vs. HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT PATNA.

Anil Singh along with other accussed had been booked under Section 447 of the Bihar Nagar Palika Act, 2007 for disclosing false information in nomination papers submitted for General Nagar Palika elections, 2007. The State Election Commission, after inquiring into the matter, declared the election void and an FIR was launched against the accussed under Section 420/34, Indian Penal Code.

The accussed then filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court, seeking anticipatory bail. The Supreme Court bench held that it was not possible to give such directions for anticipatory bail to the Patna High Court. The bench could not agree with the counsel for the petitioners on the ground that “greater the office held, the greater the responsibility of the person”.

Case name: ANIL KUMAR SINGH ALIA ANIL SINGH vs. HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT PATNA
Case no.: Writ Petition(s)(Criminal) No(s). 293/2020

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