Bail granted to a man booked under Cow Slaughter Act, 1955 for allegedly possessing beef.

U.P. Gosewa Ayog, Lucknow

ALLAHABAD: In the case of Sonu Kasai v. State of Uttar Pradesh  the Allahabad High Court granted bail to a man accused of committing an offense under the Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955,

Court also ordered him to deposit ₹25,000 in the UP Gosewa Ayog, Lucknow within four weeks of his release. The order was passed by Justice Saurabh Lavania after considering the applicant’s statement that is an animal lover, including cows and their progeny. He stated that he often donated money to cow shelters and would donate ₹25,000 to the UP Gosewa Ayog on release.

“The applicant shall deposit a sum of Rs.25,000/- (Rupees Twenty Five Thousand Only) in ‘U.P. Gosewa Ayog, Lucknow’ within four weeks from the date of his release from jail and, file receipt thereof in the trial Court,” the order recorded.

The single judge further clarified that should the applicant fail to meet this condition, his bail would be canceled.

The applicant was booked under the Cow Slaughter Act for allegedly possessing beef. He submitted that he was innocent and had been falsely implicated in the case, emphasizing that the meat was planted on him and that there were no independent public witnesses to verify the commission of the offense.

The Court, however, directed the applicant to refrain from seeking adjournments during the trial, to be present before the judge on every date and to not misuse the liberty of bail.

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