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Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Weak eyesight no grounds to grant bail: Court

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6

Rejecting the contention of an accused arrested with fake currency that he is having weak eyesight so he could not verify the genuineness of the alleged fake currency, Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Joshi denied him bail.

The accused, Parshant Gautam, was arrested with fake currency near the Maloya bus stand on September 11 this year.

While seeking bail, Parshant's counsel Sumit Saddi claimed that the accused was innocent. Saddi claimed that an eye of the accused was completely damaged, while another one was weak. So, he could not verify the genuineness of the alleged fake currency.

The police arrested the accused on a tip-off at a naka and recovered six fake currency notes of Rs100 denominations from him. The police registered an FIR under Sections 489-B and 489-C of the IPC against him.

According to the police, Parshant allegedly disclosed that the fake currency was supplied to him by a person, who met him at a marriage function. He paid him original currency notes worth Rs9,000 against fake currency notes of Rs18,000.

While opposing the bail, the public prosecutor said 16 more fake currency notes of Rs100 denominations were recovered from the residence of the accused. The offence under Section 489-B of the IPC was punishable with life imprisonment.

After hearing the contentions, the court said the offences under Sections 489-B and 489-C were serious and grievous one.

"The contention of the counsel that the accused was not aware or having reason to believe the same to be counterfeit as he was having weak eyesight cannot be accepted at this stage of the case. In view of the gravity and seriousness of the offence, under which the accused was implicated, I do not find this case fit to enlarge the accused on bail," the Judge said in the order.

from The Tribune

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