A sessions court on Wednesday rejected the temporary bail applications of the two accused Siddhesh Tamhankar and Khushi Sahjwani in the Kirti Vyas murder case of 2018.
The duo has been accused of killing Vyas, their colleague, who worked as a finance manager in B-Blunt Salon. The crime branch claims Tamhankar and Sahjwani had an affair and eliminated Vyas as she had served a notice on Tamhankar to terminate his services. The murder took place on 16 March 2018, the last day of service for Tamhankar.
The two had sent their pleas to court from jail on the grounds of the High Power Committee (HPC) recommendations for the release of prisoners on temporary bail for decongestion of prisons during the pandemic.
The court while deciding their pleas said that it is worth noting that their pleas for bail on the merits of the case had been rejected earlier. Moreover, it said that Sahjwani’s pleas for interim bail had also been rejected by the High Court in September last year. It considered that in view of the guidelines of the HPC of May 2021, it is not barred to again consider pleas for interim bail on grounds of the pandemic.
Additional Sessions Judge Shridhar M. Bhosle stated further that it is settled that as of right the applicants are not entitled to interim bail and that the court can consider the merits of the case. It said further that consideration of material would prima facie indicate the involvement of applicants on the basis of circumstances relied on by the prosecution.
“The deceased was working with the accused and she was murdered by them. Considering the gravity of the offence and now the matter is for framing of charge, with the further fact that all earlier applications for bail by the applicants were rejected by his court as well as the High Court, it is not proper to consider again the applications for interim bail,” Judge Bhosle said in his order.