Being Anxious is not an Excuse to take Laws in your Hands, says Bombay High Court

Anxious accused

MUMBAI: In the case of Pravin Sahebrao Bhogawade v The State of Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court gave certain guidelines and made it clear that all the citizens, no matter how anxious they are or how serious their grievance is, are not permitted to take the law in their own hands and/or adversely deal with Public officials discharging their lawful duty.

The Bench headed by Justice Bharati Dangre warned one Pravin Sahebrao Bhogawade who abused and threatened a public servant.

It was alleged that the accused indulged in unruly behavior and leveled certain serious allegations against the Assistant Engineer of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited.

The accused also pushed the Asst. engineer and assaulted him with fists and kicks blow. This accused was charged under Section 353 of IPC along with Section 504 and 506 of IPC.

The Bench was informed that Pravin is habitual in entering into confrontation with the officials and previously also, he had a similar incident when Covid-19 pandemic guidelines were in operation.

Pravin, on the other hand, submitted that he is well aware of his behavior and it was only out of the anxiety which was caused to him and the villagers, on account of the absence of electricity, that the incident took place.

The Court was hearing his pre-arrest bail plea.

It must be kept in mind that a normal citizen whatsoever serious his grievance may be, shall not be permitted to deal with officials in charge of the system of a duly organised governmental structure or follow the course which has been adopted by the Applicant,” Justice Dangre cautioned.

Further, noting that the Applicant is repenting of his behaviour, the Judge granted him anticipatory bail subject to payment of Rs.25,000/- cost. The court noted that as the accused seemed very anxious about the welfare of the villagers, the amount is to be utilized for the welfare of the people from the gram panchayat concerned.

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