Teacher Who Slapped His Student Granted Bail 

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Srinagar: A trial court on Friday granted bail to a teacher, who was arrested on Wednesday for assaulting a student at a private coaching centre here sparking outrage among the people, including netizens.

The court noted that the plea moved by the accused person appears to be well found and the grounds argued are qualified enough to grant bail in favour of the accused person.

Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar while recording so granted bail to Fayaz Ahmad Wagay, son of Ghulam Mohammad Wagay, resident of Kulgam at present Sheikhpora, Budgam with the direction to furnish surety to the tune of Rs. 30,000.

“The accused person is entitled to bail as the court is bound to guarantee the person freedom of the accused, but the court has to keep in mind that the accused shall be free in the jurisdiction of the court and will cooperate with the investigating agency as and when required for the investigation,” the bail order, a copy of which lies with Kashmir Observer reads.

The bail application was moved by Advocate Fahad, Advocate Aqib and Advocate Muneer.

The court said, “Accused need to be given an opportunity to meet the allegations of the prosecution but that will not be construed that he has every right to temper and hamper the prosecution evidence and act in a way which shall defeat the paramount measures of Criminal Jurisprudence,” the order reads.

Before granting the interim bail to the accused, the court asked him to cooperate with the concerned police station for further investigation and not to leave the jurisdiction of the court without prior permission.

The court also ordered the accused not to temper and hamper the prosecution witness/evidence available against him.

“That he will make himself available before the Investigating Officer as and when directed,” the court said. The next date of hearing in the case has been placed on 22 April, 2021.

Earlier a video viral on social media showed a teacher slapping a student many times at a private coaching centre in Srinagar which evoked sharp criticism from netizens.

The student was seen getting slapped repeatedly by his Chemistry teacher at Hope Classes- a private coaching centre in Srinagar. Following the outrage, an FIR (No. 54/2021) was registered against the teacher in Police Station Saddar, Srinagar under section 352 IPC & 75 Juvenile Justice Act.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed

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