Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday disposed of a batch of petitions filed by Gopal Singh Shekhawat and others with a plea for anticipatory bails in the NMart money circulation scheme case.
The AP High Court dismissed the petition filed by Gopal Singh Shekhawat who appealed for anticipatory bail. It was pointed out to the honourable high court that Gopal Singh Shekhawat who assured a Mumbai court that he would appear in the Ongole court in connection with the criminal case filed by Prakasam district police under the provisions of Prize Chits & Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978, did not stick to his promise to present himself before the Ongole judicial court. How could he apply for an anticipatory bail when he turned himself a fugitive, it was stated. In effect, Gopal Singh Shekhawat who jumped the bail conditions that he would present himself before the Ongole judicial officer, could not be given the anticipatory bail, it was contended.
Accordingly, the High Court refused to interfere in the matter and dismissed the petition filed by Gopal Singh Shekhawat.
There have already been judgements in this connection that the accused should present himself before the judiciary even for seeking anticipatory bail.
Likewise, the petitions for anticipatory bails filed by other accused in the same case were also dismissed accordingly. The High Court, it appears, had seen through the mal-intentions of the petitioners to secure anticipatory bails which were intended to circumvent the law and to escape from the judicial process.
Gopal Singh Shekhawat, it seems, is afraid of presenting himself before the judicial officer with the fear overwhelming him that he would be sent to judicial remand. It appears that he knows well that it was a crime to indulge in money circulation scheme which was a cognizable offence under the provisions of Prize Chits & Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978.
It also showed that he had no respect for the law of the land.