Assam Rifles Colonel gets bail in gold smuggling case inability to use Indian toilets

Aizawl, 2 June : An Aizwal court granted interim bail of 60 days to Commandant of the Aizawl-based 39th battalion of the Assam Rifles citing ‘health grounds’. The Colonel was facing trouble using Indian style commode while in jail due to his physical disability.

Colonel Jasjit Singh has been given bail on an amount of Rs 10 Lakhs and the court has directed that he shall not leave Aizawl during bail. Colonel Jasjit Singh had been arrested under Sections 395, 412, 120B and 506 of the IPCV and had been sent to judicial remand on May 18 after his initial questioning by the police.

In his bail application, Colonel Jasjit claimed that he was a “Battle Casualty” as he sustained injuries at Siachen Glacier while serving the country and got injured during duty. He added that he received injuries while “fighting with the enemies of the nation” which resulted in a fracture in his spine and that he has been left with 40 percent disability for which he requires constant physiotherapy.

The colonel further claimed that his employment within the Army is also restricted and that he was not to be posted in high altitude above 9000 feet, places with sub zero temperature for more than three months in a year and that he is also forbidden not to lift weights or bgend forward and that he is fit for normal military duties not involving strenuous exercise.

Colonel Jasjit complained that there was no European style commode in the bathroom in the jail and because of the fracture in his back he could not use the Indian type commode. It was also averred that two co-accused in the case, Bulaki Chand Baid and Lalmuannawma Mathipi had been given bail on medical grounds. HIs bail plea was opposed by the government counsel who said that he was likely to influence the witnesses in the case and hamper the case as he was an influential person being the commanding officer of an Assam Rifles battalion. It was also contended that he may abscond and run awayb to a foreign country.

However, the court granted him bail observing that the accused could not even go to the bathroom without any help and that with his co-accused also out on bail he was entitled to equal opportunity.
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