P.G. Manu v. State of Kerala

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Bail application in a case involving rape, recording of the act, and blackmailing

P.G. Manu v. State of Kerala
In the High Court of Kerala
B.A. 1499/2024
Before Justice Sophy Thomas
Decided on March 22, 2024

Relevancy of the case: Bail application in a case involving rape, recording of the act, and blackmailing

Statutes and Provisions Involved

  • The Information Technology Act, 2000 (Section 67A, 66E)
  • The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Section 439)
  • The Indian Penal Code, 1860 (Section 450, 354, 376, 506)

Relevant Facts of the Case

  • The petitioner was a senior government pleader in the High Court of Kerala.
  • On October 9, 2023, a sexual assault survivor approached him for assistance. The next day, he raped her in his office, took photos and regularly sent her obscene videos.
  • On October 24, 2023, he threatened her with false implication and again committed rape inside his office.
  • The survivor impleaded herself as the 2nd respondent and objected to the bail application.

Prominent Arguments by the Advocates

  • The petitioner’s counsel argued that the police had completed the investigation and filed the final report, so further detention of the petitioner was not necessary.

Opinion of the Bench

  • The petitioner’s status and position put him in a dominant position. Sexual exploitation of a woman in need is a grave matter.
  • However, since the police has completed the investigation and filed the final report, further detention is unnecessary.

Final Decision

  • The bench granted bail with certain conditions.

Kashish Saxena, an undergraduate student at National Law University, Jodhpur, prepared this case summary during her internship with The Cyber Blog India in May/June 2024.