IIT Bombay student Arman Khatri, accused of abetting the suicide of Darshan Solanki, was granted bail by a special SC/ST court.
Khatri was ordered to post a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and one or more sureties of the same amount. Special judge AP Kanade has said Khatri must attend the Powai police station (SIT) every Monday and Tuesday between 11 am and 1 pm till the chargesheet is filed.
The FIR was filed under Section 306 of the IPC for abetment of suicide as well as under the section for criminal intimidation apart from various offences alleged under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, a section of the media reported.
“The accused shall not make any inducement or threat to any person acquainted with the facts of the case to dissuade him from disclosing such facts to the court or any police officer or tamper with the evidence. . . shall not leave territorial limits of Mumbai without prior permission of the court. . . shall not commit any offence similar to the offences of which he is accused in the present matter,” the judge said.
In his bail plea, Khatri said that the committee IIT-B established to probe the incident did not find any evidence of wrongdoing. According to another report, Powai police, who investigated the death, ruled out foul play.
In February, the state government set up a three-member Special Investigative Team (SIT) headed by Lakhmi Gautam, joint commissioner of police, crime branch. Apparently, the SIT found a purported suicide note written “Arman has killed me” in the victim’s room.
Khatri was arrested on April 9 after police claimed their investigations revealed that the victim made an adverse comment on his religion and Khatri allegedly threatened him with a paper cutter.
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