Jammu, February 28
Prof Hemla Aggarwal , Principal Government Degree College Reasi who was arrested yesterday in corruption case against her, has been granted bail by Special Judge Anti-Corruption Jammu.
The order issued by Sanjeev Gupta, Special Judge read, “the bail petition is allowed and the petitioner is directed to be released from custody provided she furnishes a personal bond in the amount of Rs.25,000/- and one surety in the like amount. The petitioner shall not contact any witnesses and she would attend to I.O as and when required to do so for completion of the investigation. Breach of any condition mentioned above will give liberty to the I.O for laying a motion for cancellation of bail. This petition shall be listed for further orders on 06.03.2017 and on said date I.O shall appear in the court alongwith CD file”.
The petitioner’s advocate submitted that petitioner was called by SSP, VOJ on 27.02.2017 on the pretext of providing some questionnaire to her but was arrested without giving any such questionnaire. It is further submitted that petitioner is a permanent resident of state of J&K and is a female having good reputation in the society besides she will suffer irreparable loss to her service career, so she deserves the concession of bail and if given, she would abide by any condition which the court may impose.
According to Director Vigilance Organisation , “On the prima facie establishment of offences against Hemla Aggarwal presently Principal Government Degree College Reasi and to carry out detailed questioning regarding her involvement in instant case, she has been taken into custody by the Vigilance Organization
A case FIR No. 23/ 2014 u/s 5(1) (d) r/w 5(2) Prevention of Corruption Act Svt 2006,120-B RPC was registered on 16-08-2014 against then Principal SPMR College of Commerce, Jammu ( presently Principal Government Degree College Reasi) and Jagdish Kumar then Sr. Assistant (storekeeper) SPMR Commerce College Jammu. During the course of investigation, the I-Mac system along with other seized articles were sent to CFSL, Hyderabad and expert opinion obtained.
Further investigations into the matter reveal that the said Principal by abuse of her official position as Principal SPMR Commerce College and in criminal conspiracy with others, purchased I-Mac system and other softwares namely Final Cut Plugging, Edius 4 Canopus and Adobe Master Collection CS3 for personal use and thereafter in connivance with other accused persons, got prepared false/factitious bills against these items, causing loss to the state exchequer for an amount of Rs. 4,05,200 “.
The Special Judge’s order stated, ” In my opinion without commenting on the merits of the case and in the light of proviso to section 497 Cr.PC, there is no genuine reason to decline the concession of interim bail to the petitioner who is a lady suffering from medical problem of both knees, besides being a permanent resident of Distt. Jammu and is on the pay roll of the government. Curtailing her liberty will amount to punishment before the trial.”