HC dismisses bail plea by Nowhatta youth

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has dismissed bail application filed by a youth who was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in jail last year for  fatally hitting  a shopkeeper with a cricket bat at Nowhatta here.
While dismissing the plea filed by the convicted youth, a single bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directed him to surrender before the Registrar Judicial who in turn was asked to commit him to judicial custody in Central Jail Srinagar.
In July last year, the youth, Rayees Manzoor Bhat of Rajouri Kadal was found guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder of the shopkeeper, Tariq Ahmad Bhat, by court of Ist Additional Sessions Judge Srinagar who sentenced him to undergo rigorous imprisonment for ten years.
The youth moved High Court and challenged the Sessions Court order regarding conviction and subsequent sentence.
During the pendency of appeal, he was released on parole for 21 days. Thereafter he moved anticipatory bail which was allowed and interim bail was granted for two weeks which was later extended from time to time till date.
While dismissing the bail, Justice Magrey observed that the convicted youth seemed more interested in seeking bail and parole rather than disposal of main appeal on merits.
However, the court made it clear that the order would not preclude the applicant from making fresh motion for suspension of sentence or grant of bail.

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