Police arrest Safar Shah, rape and murder accused, after HC recalled bail

Police arrest Safar Shah, rape and murder accused, after HC recalled bail
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Kochi: Police on Sunday arrested Safar Shah, who abducted, raped and killed a 17-year-old girl from Ernakulam in January, after Kerala High Court recalled the bail it granted to the accused.

On May 12, the High Court had granted bail to Safar Shah, 32, on the ground that the investigating officer had not filed the chargesheet within the statutory period of 90 days. Safar Shah was released from the jail on May 19.

Later, it was found that the chargesheet had been filed and wrong submissions were made by counsel for the accused and the prosecution in the High Court when Safar Shah's bail application came up for its consideration.

The government on Monday filed a criminal miscellaneous application before the High Court admitting its 'inadvertent' mistake and sought to recall the bail application filed by the accused, which led to grant of bail of the accused.

It also submitted that there was every chance that the accused would intimidate the witness in the case.

Police arrest Safar Shah, rape and murder accused, after HC recalled bail

Justice P V Kunhikrishnan, while considering the government's application, recalled the bail and directed the arrest of the accused. The matter will be considered again on June 3.

In January, Safar Shah, who worked in an automobile service centre, was arrested for allegedly abducting, raping and killing a plus-two student and dumping her body at Vatattuparai in Tamil Nadu.

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