An accused named in the charge sheet in the Nido Tania murder case in Delhi in January was granted bail by a local court on Monday.
Additional sessions judge Rajender Kumar Shastri enlarged accused Sunny Uppal, 37, observing that he was the only earning member of his family, who are on the "verge of starvation". "Counsels for the applicant (Sunny) undertake that latter will not try to contact any of the witnesses of this case, particularly the witnesses, who are stated to have identified him as one of assailants. Sunny is stated to be a permanent resident of Delhi and there is no apprehension that he will flee from justice even if admitted on bail.
"Keeping in view facts mentioned above and also the fact that family members of the applicant are at the verge of starvation, their only bread earner being in jail, for more than three months, applicant is admitted on bail, on his furnishing a personal bond in sum of Rs 50,000 with one surety in like amount," the court said.
Sunny along with co-accused -- Farman, Pawan and Sunder Singh -- were apprehended after relatives of Tania, a 19-year- old BA first year student from Arunachal Pradesh studying in a private university here, alleged that he had an altercation with some shopkeepers at Lajpat Nagar market on January 29 after they made fun of his hair style. Following the altercation, the shopkeepers had allegedly thrashed him. He was brought dead to AIIMS the next day.
The death of Tania, son of a Congress MLA, evoked angry reactions from people of the northeast living in the national capital who alleged that police had failed to protect him.