Monday, March 28, 2011

Complainant seeks change of judge, fined

Ahmedabad: A sessions court on Monday slapped a fine of Rs 15,000 on a complainant for demanding change of a judge on the ground that he usually grants bail to accused persons.

As per the case details, Arvind Patel lodged an FIR with the Rakhial police station against Kamlesh Pandya for duping him of an amount of Rs 32 lakh. The police probed the case, arrested Pandya and filed a chargesheet against him. Later, Pandya filed a bail petition, which was to come up for hearing before additional sessions judge A P Bhojak.

Patel filed an objection application claiming that the judge normally grants bail to the accused, and hence Pandya’s bail application should be heard by some other judge. Additional sessions judge, Bhojak forwarded the application to the principal sessions judge, PB Desai for deciding on the complainant’s demand.

During the hearing, the principal sessions judge asked Patel to provide evidence on the basis of which he was claiming that a particular judge was inclined to grant bail to accused. Patel had no ground to prove his claims. Finally, the court asked him to tender an unconditional apology and also slapped a fine on him. TNN

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