The BOMBAY High Court recently ordered 16 early bail applicants booked for “forgery” at an educational institution to pay Rs 5,000 each to the Maharashtra Police Welfare Fund (MPWF) because it failed appreciated the practice adopted by their advocates of seeking time to take instructions in responding to questions from the court.
The HC on Tuesday heard requests for release on bail prior to the arrest of the 16 defendants in a case registered in Pune for “tampering with their approvals of appointment to an educational institution”. The applicants maintained that they had been employed as teachers since 2007 and that their accreditation had been properly granted by an education official.
Their requests for early bail were dismissed by a court hearing on January 22, prompting them to apply to the High Court.
Since January, the tribunal de grande instance has repeatedly extended provisional protection to applicants pending the hearing of their pleadings. On September 13, when their pleadings were heard before a single-judge panel of Judge Ajay S Gadkari, the lawyers argued for âsufficient timeâ and on certain questions posed by the chamber, they requested additional time. to take the client’s instructions. .
Judge Gadkari noted that the court âdid not appreciate the practice adopted by the lawyers / attorneys concerned. However, at the “copious demand” of the lawyer (s) for the plaintiff (s) and in the interests of justice, “the judiciary issued a new hearing on October 6.
The court said it would hear pleadings at the next date “subject to the plaintiffs paying a cost of 5,000 rupees for each application for early bail to the Maharashtra Police Welfare Fund”.
The judge said the amount had to be deposited by the applicants into the CPWF bank account by September 21 at the latest.
The court also clarified that the period for depositing the amount will no longer be extended for âno countâ, and if the claimants do not deposit the same amount, the pleas âwill be rejected without further reference to HCâ.