The Bombay high court has granted bail to a youth, arrested for his alleged involvement in the acid attack on a 24-year-old woman at Bandra railway station, observing that the arrest had been made only on the basis of suspicion.
While granting the applicant Pawankumar Gahlan bail, justice Sadhana Jadhav observed, “It is clear the applicant was only arrested on the basis of suspicion, because he had enquired about Preeti’s health from her sister Tannu, four days after the incident.” Gahlan was granted bail on a bond of Rs 15,000 on Wednesday.
Gahlan approached the high court seeking bail on grounds that he had been falsely implicated in the case and that even Preeti and her father had told the police that he was not involved in the attack.
Accepting the contention, the court said, “After the applicant was arrested, the victim had specifically written that it cannot be Pawankumar since she had not even talked to him in two years.”
After seeing sketches of suspects, Preeti had told the police that it could either be Pawan, Ankur or Satyam, all of whom live in the same area as Preeti in Haryana.
The court also took note of Preeti's father Amarsingh Rathi’s statement to police, which said that Pawankumar was not involved in the attack.
On May 2, an unidentified man flung acid on Preeti Rathi, damaging her lungs. She was to join the Colaba Naval hospital as a staff nurse. Preeti died on June 1 at Bombay Hospital.