Pratyusha suicide: SC refuses to cancel Rahul’s bail plea

Supreme Court has refused to quash the anticipatory bail plea to Pratyusha Banerjee’s boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh. Last month, Pratyusha’s mother Shoma Banerjee moved apex court appealing to cancel Rahul’s anticipatory bail plea granted by the Bombay High Court to Rahul. In her plea, she stated that Rahul should be taken into custody as the investigation is still on in the case and chances are bright that he might tamper with evidence if left free.


However, the Supreme Court refused to quash anticipatory bail, saying the last conversation between the two shows they were "intensely in love with each other".


A vacation bench of justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy claimed that there is no strong evidence against Rahul which would justify his custodial interrogation and it would not be proper to interfere with Bombay High Court's order granting him anticipatory bail.


"The last conversation between the two shows that they were intensely in love with each other. Without any strong and compelling grounds, anticipatory bail cannot be cancelled. If the probe agency finds during investigation that it is a case of section 302 (murder) of IPC and accused needs to be taken into custody, it can move to High Court," the bench said. The court said that there was no suicide note also to attribute any role to the accused.


Rahul Raj Singh has been accused of abetting Pratyusha’ suicide. The ‘Balika Vadhu’ actress’s parents filed FIR against Rahul and following their complaint, he has been booked under IPC Sections 306 (abatement of suicide), 504, 506 (criminal intimidation), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt). Rahul was arrested on April 5 but the Bombay HC on April 25 granted anticipatory bail to Rahul.  He was accused of abetting Pratyusha's suicide.


Pratyusha committed suicide on April 1 by hanging herself inside her flat in suburban Goregaon. Pratyusha was in a live-in relationship with Rahul.


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