The Madras High Court recently granted anticipatory bail to a man accused of attempting to murder his lawyer for failing to have sent a legal notice on time.
The accused was charged with several sections of the Indian penal Code including Section 294, 506(ii), 307 and 120B. An FIR was also registered against the accused for abusing and attacking the advocate.
The FIR registered against the accused also cited Section 3(2)(v) of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 on the lawyer’s complaint that the accused knew that he belonged to a Scheduled Caste. However, the High Court quashed this charge. Thus, the Court was not barred from considering the plea by the accused for anticipatory bail.
The Court finally allowed the anticipatory bail plea while also noting that the incident took place in 2019, that the others co-accused have been released on bail and since the investigation in the case is complete.
The Court has directed that the petitioner will be released on bail on the execution of Rs 10,000 and two sureties of like amount.
The petitioner was also directed to appear before the trial court on all hearing dates, not to tamper with evidence or witnesses and not to abscond. The Court additionally mentioned that if the petitioner absconds, a fresh FIR can be registered under Section 229A of the IPC.