The Allahabad High Court has granted bail to a former IPS officer accused in an animal husbandry scam of crores.

The bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh while granting bail noted that the accused paid Rs 20 Lakhs to the complainant as a condition precedent for enlarging the accused-applicant on bail.

“Considering all this, and also taking into account that the accused-applicant dos not have any other criminal antecedent, this Court deems it appropriate to enlarge him on bail, who is languishing in jail since 27.01.2021”, the Court observed.

In this case, an FIR was lodged by the complainant alleging that he was cheated of Rs 9.72 crore by some forged and fabricated documents.

The counsel for the accused-applicant submitted that the role of the accused-applicant is of conspirator with the main accused. It was further submitted that Rs. 10 Lakhs was received in the account of business concerned of the accused-applicant from the proceeds of crime of Rs. 9,72,12,000.

On the previous date of listing of the matter, the High Court had directed the counsel for the accused-applicant to bring a bank-draft of Rs.20,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Lakhs) in favour of the complainant as a condition president for enlarging him on bail.

The Court noted that bank-draft was handed over to the counsel for the complainant, who accepted the same.

Advocate Ravi Singh appeared for the accused whereas AGA Rao Narendra Singh appeared for the State.

“The accused-applicant was DIG Rank Officer when the alleged offence was committed; the draft of Rs.20,00,000/- has been accepted by the leaned counsel for the complainant; the accused-applicant never visited the Secretariat where Ashish Rai presented himself as Director in the Department of Animal Husbandry, hence, role of the accused-applicant is different than the role of other accused. Further, the accused-applicant has paid Rs. 20,00,000/- though Rs.10,00,000/- was received in the bank-account of business concerned of the accused-applicant.”, the Court noted.

Thus the Court granted bail to the accused.

Cause Title-Arvind Sen v. State of U.P.

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