Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket grants interim anticipatory bail to Nancy Ghuman, others
Chandigarh, Might 23
The Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket on Monday granted interim anticipatory bail to Assistant Director of Miss PTC contest 2022-23 present Nancy Ghuman, together with three others, in a case alleging outraging of modesty and different offences. Justice Vivek Puri of the Excessive Court docket additionally granted common bail to journalist Rabindra Narayan.
Justice Puri asserted there was nothing on the present stage to point that the complainant or another contestants had been administered any stupefying, intoxicant or unwholesome drug with an intention to commit any offence, barring bald assertion of the complainant.
Fixing the case for July 11, Justice Puri asserted petitioners Nancy Ghuman, Bhupinderjeet Singh, Lakshman Kumar and Niharika Sharma can be launched on bail to the satisfaction of the arresting/investigating officer within the occasion of arrest. The order can be topic their becoming a member of the investigation, make themselves out there for interrogation as and when required and adjust to the opposite bail provisions of Part 438(2) of the Code of Prison Process.
Amongst others, senior advocates RS Cheema, R.S. Rai and Vinod Ghai with counsel Arshdeep Singh Cheema, Tarannum Cheema, Karan Pathak, Radhika Mehta, P.S. Ahluwalia, Kanika Ahuja, Kirti Ahuja, Edward Augustine George, Mahima Dogra, Arshdeep Singh Kaler, Satish Sharma and Ashwani Garg appeared for the petitioners.
Justice Puri asserted there have been undisputedly 24 contestants, together with the complainant. The occasion continued even after the FIR registration and it concluded with out additional hurdle. Considerably, not one of the 23 different contestants got here forth and imputed any allegation towards the occasion organizers.
Justice Puri noticed Punjab Advocate-Common Anmol Rattan Sidhu’s stand was the honour and respect of 23 younger single girls contestants was at stake. As such, their statements below Part 161 of the CrPC weren’t recorded. Nonetheless, it was not disputed that the opposite 23 contestants had been joined within the investigation and didn’t impute any allegation towards the organisers.
Justice Puri added the explicit and particular model within the FIR was that the complainant was confined and forcibly locked in a room. She was not allowed to exit. However the display screen pictures of CCTV footage indicated that the complainant was by no means put to any such restraint and was transferring freely.
Even exterior the premises, she was depicted to be speaking to an individual in an advocate costume and accompanied with one other particular person. The complainant was carrying the cell phone all through together with her. Even the warrant officer’s report didn’t point out that the complainant was stored in a room which was both locked or bolted.