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There can’t be a straight-jacket formula to grant or refuse anticipatory bail, says Gujarat high court

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Aaquib Chhipa, Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Monday while hearing an anticipatory bail plea observed that there cannot be a straight-jacket formula to grant or refuse the same. A single-judge bench of Gujarat High Court observed that each anticipatory bail application needs to be decided based on the facts of each case.

The court rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Devendra Oderdara, the brother in law of Shweta Jadeja, a woman PSI who is accused of taking a bribe.

The court further observed that the applicant is prima facie involved in a serious offence like corruption and has abetted the same by accepting a huge amount from an Angadia firm.

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Why anticipatory bail was sought in court?

He is not cooperating with the investigation and hence his custodial interrogation is required because the bribe money to be recovered is huge, the court observed.

The public prosecutor argued that Odedara accepted the bribe money on behalf of PSI Shweta Jadeja through an Angadiya firm. He is accused of accepting a bribe of Rs40 lakh on behalf of Shweta Jadeja.

The advocate appearing for the accused said the applicant’s name does not figure in the FIR but merely on the statement of the Angadiya firm he has been arrested in the case.

Shweta Jadeja a PSI is accused of asking for Rs35 lakh as a bribe from a complainant to not book him under the Prevention of Anti Social Activities Act (PASA). Odedara accepted the bribe on behalf of Jadeja.

 

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