Hartal is not for vandalism; no bail for accused, says HC
An accused who trespasses into a shop, destroys properties and causes sheer vandalism does not deserve any mercy. He is not entitled for bail but should languish in jail, the High Court ruled.
The accused who was arrested by the Chathannoor police, Kollam, was denied anticipatory bail by the Sessions Court there. He then filed an appeal in the High Court which turned it down and passed severe strictures on him.
It happened during the hartal on January 3, 2019. A group of persons ransacked a shop and caused damaged. It was sheer vandalism indeed. The shop incurred a loss to the tune of Rs 1.5 crores.
The court observed that any criminal act under the guise of hartal or any other mode of protest affecting the rights of any citizen to carry out his business or trade is a matter which is liable to be dealt with very seriously. It is not only a criminal act against an individual but a serious offence against society.
The sessions judge was right rejecting the anticipatory bail petitions of the accused. The petitioners have done a very serious offence and do not deserve bail. They have to languish in jail, the Court said.
A hartal day means that they do not have licence to do any criminal act to interfere with the rights of any person, the Court reminded the accused.