The Mumbai Court in the case of Adv. Inderpal Singh Balbir Singh Purewal v/s State of Maharashtra refused the anticipatory bail to a Mumbai lawyer accused of outraging the modesty of a woman member of NCP.
Inderpal Singh was President of NCP, Uttar Mumbai, District. In the year 2009, the informant in this case became a member of NCP Party. In the year 2014, the informant became President of Uttar Mumbai, Mahila Jilha by President of NCP, Mumbai. It is alleged that, applicant used to tell the informant to send beautiful women to his office. But, the informant opposed the same, and hence, the applicant was having a grudge in his mind against the informant. In the year 2017, the applicant lodged a false case against the husband of the informant under NDPS Act. Then in the year 2019, their party nominated the informant as “Karyadhyaksha”.
Advocate T.R.Patel appearing for the accused contended that all the applicants are respectable persons and previously the applicant had filed a complaint against the husband of the informant under NDPS Act. Due to political rivalry all the applicants have been falsely implicated by the informant. He relied upon photographs / copies of whatsapp chat sent by applicants, record of mobile numbers of the applicant and the husband of the informant, statements made by their party members namely Seema Dorugade, Manohar Bhatuse, Sanjay Patil, Vaishali Wairalkar etc.
APP Imran K. Shaikh contended that, there are specific and serious allegations against the applicants which constitutes the offences alleged against them.
The Addl. Sessions Judge N.L.Kale noted that most of the investigation is relating to electronic media or devices. The record clearly reflects that all the accused or applicants used mobile phones for sending the disputed messages on whatsapp group. Grounds of seizure of cell phones of the applicants is found to be legal and proper to reject the prayer in this application.
The court while rejecting the application for anticipatory bail said that documents filed by the applicants at this stage can not be found to be fully trustworthy and reliable to use desecration in their favour.