The failure of the police to file chargesheet on time has led to yet another instance of an accused being released on bail by courts.
On Tuesday, the Principal Sessions Court set at large Aravazhi alias Aravazhi Siddhar, who was arrested in August for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.
When his application for bail came up for hearing on Tuesday, City Public Prosecutor, M L Jegan argued that medical reports pertaining to the case have still not been received. The investigations were also underway. Therefore, it would not be right to grant bail to the accused.
However, the CPP had to concede that the police had failed to file a chargesheet in the case even 56 days after the arrest of the accused.
Owing to this, and other facts and circumstances of the case, Principal Sessions Judge, G Chockalingam, said he was letting the accused on bail on the condition that a bond of Rs 5000 is executed. The accused should also report to the anti-vice squad, CBCID every day at 10.30 am for a week.
Siddhar, running an astrology centre at Vyasarpadi, was arrested along with the girl’s mother and two pimps. Since his arrest on August 17, Sidhar has been put in judicial custody and is facing charges of human trafficking and rape.
His wife committed suicide on October 6.