Delhi High Court Allows Murder Accused To Take State Civil Service Prelims Exam

Team SoOLEGAL 14 May 2019 4:00pm

Delhi High Court Allows Murder Accused To Take State Civil Service Prelims Exam

A murder accused in detention in Delhi Jail was allowed to attempt the Manipur Civil Service Competitive Preliminary Exams 2019 after the Delhi High Court allowed him to travel to Manipur through flight in police custody. While passing the order, the court also considered the poor financial status of the accused as also directed to the Prison Department of Delhi to bear the cost travel, boarding and lodging of the officers accompanying with the accused.

Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva granted the plea of Benzi Takhellamba, who had moved to the court's permission to travel to Manipur to give the Manipur Civil Service Competitive Preliminary Exams 2019 on 12.05.2019. Benzi is an under trial section 302 IPC. He sought interim bail to travel to Manipur. The Public Prosecutor told the court as the accused was charged for offence of murder and there was sufficient evidences/facts to show his involvement, there was also an apprehension that he might abscond if granted the interim bail. However, it was submitted that the accused may be permitted to take the examination under police custody.

The petitioner was from a poor family and also have his mother to support him, he wouldn't  be able to bear the expenses of the police personnel accompanying him to Manipur and can only bear the cost of his travel. "Keeping in view of the particular facts and circumstances of the case, the closet train connection from Delhi is Dimapur, Nagaland which takes approx. 44 hours and thereafter by road to Imphal is about 6 – 7 hours. The petitioner shall be taken by flight as the examination is on 12.05.2019 (Sunday). "Accordingly, Superintendent Jail is directed to have the petitioner to be taken to Imphal by economy class flight. The cost of the ticket of petitioner shall bear by him, however, the cost of travel, boarding and stay of the officers accompanying the petitioner shall bear by the prison Department of the Government of Delhi," the court order read. Justice Sachdeva had also directed directions to the examination center to ensure that those police personnel accompanying the accused are allowed to sit at a place where the petitioner is visible to them during the examination.

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