Can Bail Be Denied Merely Because Accused Are Natives Of Other States?

In Harjeet Chandok @ Harjeet Singh vs State Of Karnataka, the Sessions Court has rejected the bail application on the sole ground that the accused have not produced the address proof of their native place. The Karnataka High Court, while allowing their bail plea, observed that ‘the petitioners are natives of some other State itself is not a ground to reject the bail application.’

In Apu Roy @ Raju vs State Of Kerala, the accused, who was a native of State of West Bengal, applied for bail before the Kerala High Court. “It appears from the records that the applicant has been working in the State of Kerala as a migrant worker for the past several years. It would not be proper to deny bail to him on the sole ground that he is not a native of Kerala State. “, the court observed.

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