Speed up trial, says high court
The high court directed the Thane sessions court to begin the trial of the woman, who allegedly killed her newborn, and complete it expeditiously, reports HT Correspondent.mumbai Updated: Sep 17, 2009 01:16 IST
The high court on Wednesday directed the Thane sessions court to begin the trial of the woman, who allegedly killed her newborn, and complete it expeditiously.
Bhayander resident Shefali Sheth (28), a charted accountant, gave birth to a girl on January 14. Later she allegedly banged her child’s head on the bathroom wall leading to her death.
The child’s body, with its umbilical cord still attached, was found by the sweeper of Sheth’s society wrapped in a plastic bag in a garbage dump.
Sheth was arrested on January 24 and was booked under Section 302 (murder) and 318 (concealment of birth by secret disposal of dead body) of the Indian Penal Code.
While the Thane sessions court had rejected her bail plea twice, the hight court has also her bail.
Sheth, through her lawyer Ashish Chavan, moved the HC saying that she was in a state of depression when the child was born out of precipitate labour.
Chavan also argued that immediately after the delivery, the mother suffers from a temporary insanity.
Chavan decided to withdraw the bail application after justice AP Deshpande said he was not inclined to grant bail.