Legal | SC: abetment to suicide case can’t have formula

Legal | SC: abetment to suicide case can’t have formula

New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ruled that it is “impossible to lay down any straitjacket formula" to convict an accused in cases of abetment to suicide.

The apex court passed the verdict while acquitting Gangula Mohan Reddy of the charge of abetting the suicide of his employee Ramulu, who ended his life after being accused of stealing gold ornaments from Gangula’s house.

Abetment to suicide has been in news because of the first information reports (FIR), which have been filed against former Haryana director general of police S.P.S. Rathore for allegedly abetting the suicide of Ruchika Girhotra.

Justices Dalveer Bhandari and A.K. Patnaik ruled that “each case has to be decided on the basis of its own facts and circumstances. Without a positive act on the part of the accused to instigate or aid in committing suicide, conviction cannot be sustained".

--Manish Ranjan


Kerala HC stays move on Islamic bank

Kochi: The Kerala high court on Tuesday stayed all operations on the proposed Islamic bank by a group of individuals and the Kerala government.

The division bench of the court comprising S.R. Bannurmutt and T.B. Radhakrishnan passed the order on a petition by Subramaniam Swamy, former law minister, who appeared in person to argue the case.

The petitioner submitted that the move by the Kerala government for setting up the bank with state ownership was anti-thetical to the equal treatment of people of all religions and no public interest would be met with the compliance with the canon law of a religious group.