The cancellation of bail by the Supreme Court was to maintain the sanctity of a fair trail and to avoid any witness tampering.

The Supreme Court of India addressed a criminal appeal related to an order granting bail to Respondent No.1. The case involved numerous criminal complaints, including harassment, attempts on the life of the complainant, and alleged collusion with police officials. Despite several pending cases, the High Court granted bail to Respondent No.1 in one of the cases.

However, after examining the case, it was found that there were compelling reasons to cancel the bail. The Court emphasized the need for a fair trial, considering the serious allegations and the potential influence of the accused. It also discussed the power to recall witnesses under Section 311 of the Criminal Procedure Code to ensure a fair and free adjudication of the trial.

In conclusion, the Court canceled the bail granted to Respondent No.1, directed his surrender, ordered the recall of crucial witnesses, provided security to the complainant and her family, and mandated an investigation into threats or inducements. The Trial Court was instructed to observe Respondent No.1’s conduct during cross-examination. These measures were taken to ensure the integrity of the trial and the protection of witnesses.

Munilakshmi …..Appellant
Versus
Narendra Babu & Anr. …..Respondents
decided by the Supreme Court on October 20, 2023.

By aor.sanjivnarang@gmail.com

Sanjiv Narang Adv. is an Advocate on Record in the Supreme Court of India. His qualifications include an LLB from University of Delhi and a Masters degree in Personnel Management from Panjab University,Chandigarh.In his more than 3 decades of experience, he has practiced law at the District, High Court and Supreme Court levels.He also has more than a decade of experience in the field of Management. He is the author of two books namely Laws for Women in India and Innovation, Why What and How.