The bail applications are allowed, it is directed that accused petitioners shall be released on bail.
Section 132 of the CGST Act, 2017 — Bail– The petitioners filed two bail applications. They were arrested on 19.12.2020. The petitioners filed bail applications before the trial court, which came to be dismissed vide order dated 8.2.2021/20.2.2021. The petitioner counsel submitted that after completion of investigation, charge sheet has already been filed. Now the petitioners are not required for any investigation or interrogation purposes. Petitioners are suffering from diseases. They have no criminal antecedents and are not habitual offenders. There is no allegation against them for tampering with the witnesses. The court observed that petitioners have already remained in custody for about 5 1/2 months, whereas the maximum punishment provided under the Act of 2017 is five years; the investigation is already complete and charge-sheet has been filed and also considering the age of petitioner and the fact that the petitioners have no criminal antecedents, deem it just and proper to enlarge the petitioners on bail.
Held that:- The Hon’ble High Court allowed the bail applications and directed that accused petitioners shall be released on bail, on furnishing each of them a personal bond in the sum of Rs. 5,00,000/- together with two sureties and subject to certain conditions.