‘Community spread outside’: Bombay HC refuses bail to murder accused

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Written by Omkar Gokhale | Mumbai | October 1, 2020 2:24:44 am

bombay high court, Aurangabad covid cases, bobay high court denies bail to murder accused, bombay hc denies bail to murder accused on covid cases, indian express newsBalaji Warwate allegedly assaulted and killed a senior citizen with an axe in March last year. (Representational)

OBSERVING THERE was a spike in Covid-19 cases due to a “community spread” after easing of lockdown restrictions, the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court last week refused bail on grounds of the virus outbreak in prison to a murder accused lodged at Latur jail.

A division bench of Justices Ravindra V Ghuge and B U Debadwar made the observation on September 24 while hearing a bail appeal filed by Balaji Warwate (40), through advocate A K Tiwari, against a trial court order that rejected bail to the murder accused.

Warwate allegedly assaulted and killed a senior citizen with an axe in March last year. Advocate Tiwari said the applicant was behind bars for over 18 months and since a chargesheet in the case had not been filed before the court and in view of the Covid-19 outbreak in Latur prison, Warwate should be released on bail. The HC bench dismissed the appeal and said, “…after the lifting of the lockdown restrictions… there is a community spread… We find the accused, for justifiable reasons, needs to be kept behind the bars.”

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