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Verdict on bail plea reserved

india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 01:27 IST
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THE ALLAHABAD High Court on Wednesday reserved its judgement on a bail application filed by university student leader Manoj Kumar Singh, who has been accused of killing another student leader Kamlesh Yadav.

Manoj was a candidate for the post of Allahabad University Students’ Union president. Kamlesh was a candidate for the post of secretary.

It was alleged that Manoj had shot Kamlesh dead on November 24, 2005 at Chota Baghara, under Colonelganj police station here after polling for the Allahabad University Students’ Union election. Election related disputes were alleged to be the reason for the murder.

This order was passed by Justice SS Kulshratha after hearing both sides.

Appearing on behalf of the applicant, senior advocates V-C Tiwari, JS Senger, VP Srivastava and Gopal Chaturvedi contended that it was a ‘cross-case’ as the driver of the applicant, too, had received injuries. Therefore, the applicant was entitled to bail.

Opposing the bail application, senior advocate Satish Trivedi, government advocate Vijay  Shankar Mishra, assisted by AGAs Surendra Singh and Sudhindra Kumar, contended that Kamlesh was shot at point-blank range, which falsifies the version of cross-case. Further, there was a strong motive for an election dispute.

Earlier, the sessions judge, Allahabad, had rejected the bail of Manoj.