The Bombay High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to producer Rahul Raj Singh, accused of abetting the suicide of actress Pratyusha Banerjee, after observing that prima facie there is no evidence to show that the accused “instigated or intended” the suicide.
“From the statements of witnesses, it is clearly seen that harassment and disputes were there between the applicant accused (Rahul ) and the victim (Pratyusha Banerjee ). But prima facie, there is nothing on record to show abetment,” Justice Mridula Bhatkar said.
The court was hearing the application filed by Rahul Raj seeking pre-arrest bail after the sessions court rejected his plea. The high court, while granting his application, directed Rahul to appear before the Bangur Nagar police, which is probing the case, thrice a week for two weeks.
“For an offence to be made out under section 306 of IPC (abetment to suicide) there should be instigation, intentional aid or an intent that the person should commit suicide. It is necessary to show whether the accused had mens rea (intention),” the court said.
It added that harassment or disputes can be a reason for a person to not like another person and take steps to end his or her life. “For that person, the behaviour of the other person may be the cause of his or her death. However, for an offence of abetment to be proved, there should be evidence to show instigation, provocation and intention,” the court said.
Pratyusha suicide case: Boyfriend Rahul Raj gets anticipatory bail
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