GUJRAT: Gujarat High Court has rejected the bail plea of Amit Katara for alleged offenses under Sections 302, 303 read with Sections 120(b) and 201 of IPC.
The Bench comprising Justice Ilesh Vora observed,
“The Court should not go into merits of the case by appreciation of the evidence. Thus, considering the facts and circumstances of the present case, it appears that the applicant was dominating over the municipality affairs as his wife was President and the whole body was representing one party. In this context, when the deceased had managed to win over the councilors of the ruling party, naturally, the issue of the ruling of the municipality would arise. At this stage, considering the material collected during the course of the investigation, it cannot be said that there is no evidence connecting the applicant herein in the alleged offence. It is alleged that, the applicant conspired to kill the deceased for which, he agreed to finance also.”
The court said that Amit Katara (main accused) along with other accused had hatched a criminal conspiracy to murder Patel, councilor of Jhalod municipality in Dahod district. Patel was hit by a speeding pick uploading vehicle.
Accordingly, without expressing anything on the merits of the prosecution, the High Court, considering the gravity of the accusations and the interest of the society, was not inclined to grant bail.
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