The Supreme Court on Monday lashed out at the Gujarat government for not filing an answer on appeal against the bail of the accused in the murder of a Dalit youth in a factory near Rajkot. The Dalit youth died in the factory premises due to alleged beating. The apex court has given the Gujarat government one last chance to file a reply on this appeal.
The bench listed the matter a week later for further hearing. During the hearing of the case through video conference, Justice Shah sought to know from the counsel of the Government of Gujarat why he had not yet filed an answer on the appeal against the previous year order of the High Court granting bail to the accused.
The bench asked, “Why are you not filing the affidavit?” This is not going to be tolerated. In this case, notice was issued last year. On the last date of hearing, the state was given the last chance to file an answer. Why is this happening, the affidavits are not being filed in others as well. Counsel appearing for the state government, requesting time, said that the lawyers concerned have been unable to file the affidavit being infected with Kovid-19. On behalf of the petitioner, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves said that the youth was beaten up after being tied to the pole.
Beaten 35-year-old Dalit youth till he dies
According to the medical report, there were 24 marks of severe wounds on his body. The High Court in this case granted bail to the accused Tejas Kanubhai Jhala on February 4, 2019 on the grounds that there is weak evidence against the accused. Tejas and four others are alleged to have beaten 35-year-old Dalit Mukesh Vania, a garbage picker, from pipes and belts until he died on the spot. In this case, five accused including the owner of the factory Radadia Industries were arrested on May 21, 2018 under the provisions of the SC-ST Atrocities Prevention Act and the IPC relating to murder, assault on a woman and forcible hostage.