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SC grants bail to man accused in cheating case worth Rs 2.47 crore

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New Delhi, May 29 (ILNS) The Supreme Court has released on bail a man, who was accused of cheating the Vyavasayik Sahkari Bank and fraudulently transferring Rs 10 lakh in his account.

The Bench of Justice BR Gavai and Justice Surya Kant yesterday heard the bail petition of Bittu, which challenged the order of the Chhattisgarh High Court, the Madhya Pradesh High Court and the Trial Court in a case involving bungling of Rs 2.47 crore.

Advocate for the petitioner Vikrant Singh Bais said that Bittu has been languishing in jail for the past two-and-a-half years and only one witness has been examined yet, thus the trial will take a long time to conclude.

Sumeer Sodhi, appearing for the state, opposed the bail petition, stating that both the High Court and the Trial Court came down heavily upon the petitioner, after perusing some additional documents.

He said notice has already been issued on February 1, 2021 by the earlier Bench of Justice NV Ramana (now the Chief Justice of India) and Justice Surya Kant on Bittu’s bail plea. Bittu challenged the dismissal of bail order passed by the High Court of Chhattisgarh Bench at Bilaspur dated November 24, 2020. The High Court, while dismissing third bail application of Bittu ,observed that earlier his two applications were dismissed on the prima facie consideration , and on the principle of parity , bail cannot be granted to Bittu. Bittu is in Judicial Custody since November, 2018. (Bittu vs St of Chattisgarh)

The background of the case is that the Petitioner was apprehended for the offence under sections 419,420 of IPC and sections 66, 66B, 66C, 66D of IT Act. Some unknown persons hacked the saving accounts of Vyavasayik Sahkari Bank and transferred amount of Rs 2.47 crore in 26 distinct accounts of various banks.

Observations of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh, while disposing of the Bail Application were that the detention period and delay process in trial are material factors for consideration of Bail, but the nature of offence and its seriousness, impact of bail on society at large are imperative factors, which also need consideration. ILNS/KY/RJ

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