While granting bail to Saleem Alias Kaliya, accused of committing offences under the Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955, the Allahabad High Court on June 2, directed him to deposit ₹1 lakh in favour of any registered Gaushala (cow shelter) and to serve cows for one month.
“The applicant shall deposit Rs.1 lakh in favour of any one Registered Gaushala of District Bareilly within a month after release. Immediately after release from jail, the applicant shall himself available at Gaushalal and serve the cows for a period of one month,” A bench of Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav stated.
The order was made in response to a bail plea filed by an accused under the Indian Penal Code’s Section 379 (Theft) and the U.P. Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955’s Sections 3 (Cow Slaughter) and 8 (abet cow slaughter).
Counsel for the accused stated that the accused has been in custody since August 3, 2021, and that due to the high volume of cases pending in the Court, there is no chance of the trial being completed quickly; thus the accused may be discharged on bail.
The accused was also asked to file an undertaking that he would not seek an adjournment on the date set for evidence if all of the witnesses were present in court.
The bench ordered the accused to appear before the Trial Court on each of the scheduled dates, either personally or through counsel, failing which the Trial Court may proceed against him under Section 229-A of the IPC.