'When the lock down is lifted, there would be more chances of crimes like robbery, as individual income has suffered on account of the lock down', observed the Madras High Court on Friday, denying bail to a robbery accused who has been in custody for almost 2 months.
The petitioners, who were arrested and remanded to judicial custody on March 18 for the offence under Sections 341, 294(b), 392, 397, 506(ii) IPC sought bail.
The Additional Public Prosecutor submitted that the petitioners had waylaid the defacto complainant, snatched a sum of Rs.2,200 and 2 1⁄2 sovereigns of gold chain and also abused and threatened him with dire consequences. He further pointed out that the court has earlier on May 7 already dismissed the bail petition filed by the first petitioner. "Hence, he vehemently opposed for grant of bail to the petitioners", recorded the Single Judge.
"Considering the above facts and circumstances of the case and the fact that the bail petition filed by the co-accused is dismissed and also of the fact that the investigation is pending, this court is not inclined to enlarge the petitioners on bail", decided the High Court.
"As far as the second petitioner is concerned, he committed robbery on the defacto complainant. Now the Government of Tamil Nadu is in lock down due to Covid-19 virus. If the lock down is lifted, there would be more chances for these kinds of crimes, since the individual income is suffered due to the lock down. Therefore, if the second petitioner is let out on bail, there is a huge possibility for increasing similar kind of crimes", the bench proceeded to remark.
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