Court grants bail to three in Jahangirpuri sewer death case
‘No record of man being sent inside sewer because of caste’
A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to three executives of a private company in the case of death of a 32-year-old man while cleaning a Delhi Jal Board (DJB) sewer in north-west Delhi’s Jahangirpuri last month.
Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal granted them bail subject to furnishing of bail bond of ₹25,000 with one surety of a like amount by each accused person.
“The accused persons are in judicial custody since October 23 and no longer required for further investigation, accordingly, it is a fit case where all the applicants/accused persons namely Subham Naudiyal, Ashiwni Kumar Jha and Subodh Kumar be admitted to bail,” the judge said.
10 lakh compensation
Earlier, the counsel for the accused persons, Pradeep Rana, submitted before the court that the company had on its own granted a compensation of ₹10 lakh to the family members of the victim.
Mr. Rana also argued that provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2018 Act are not attracted against the accused persons.
Agreeing to his argument, the Judge said there was nothing on record to say that the victim was sent inside the sewer just because he belonged to the scheduled caste or the scheduled tribe community.
The Delhi Police have booked the accused persons under Section 304A (causing death by rash or negligent act) of Indian Penal Code; the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavenger and their Rehabilitation Act; and the SC and ST Act.
Courtesy: The Hindu