The Gauhati Supreme Court granted bail to a student of IIT-Guwahati accused of raping a fellow student, calling them both “the future assets of the state”.
On hearing a bail request from the accused BTech student, Judge Ajit Borthakur said there is a clear prima facie case as alleged against the petitioner based on all the evidence.
“But now that the investigation in the case has been completed and both the informant/victim girl and the accused are the future assets of the state, being talented students taking technical courses at IIT, Guwahati,…continuation of the detention of the accused … if charges are framed, it may not be necessary,” the warrant read.
The court noted in its Aug. 13 order that both are young — in the age group of 19 to 21 — and further, they came from two different states.
“Even by reviewing the list of witnesses cited in the indictment, the Court finds no possibility of the accused tampering with their evidence or influencing them directly or indirectly if they are released on bail,” it added.
Accordingly, the Supreme Court has released the accused on bail for a bond of Rs 30,000 along with two securities.
The court also said: “It is pertinent to mention that it is legally well-arranged that when examining a bail application, the Court is not requested to discuss the advantages or disadvantages of the available evidence against the accused.
“…but some reasons for arriving at a conclusion at face value while granting bail should be briefly stated.”
On the night of March 28, the suspect allegedly raped the girl, who was rescued the next day and hospitalized. The suspect was arrested on April 3.