Posted On Thursday, August 09, 2012 at 09:00:22 AM
On Wednesday, a court of judicial magistrate (First Class) granted bail to Muskan Sameer Shaikh (32) in the case of abandonement of her 29-day-old child Sadira. She was granted bail on furnishing a personal bond and surety of Rs 8,000.
In response to the police claim that Muskan was allegedly fed up with the high cost of her child’s treatment, she informed the court through her lawyer that the family had already spent over Rs 1.30 lakh on the child’s treatment and they did not have any financial constraints as she was earning well and also taking tuitions. she also told the the court that the flat they own in Mominpura is owned by her and her husband, who also earns well enough.
The police on Tuesday had taken Muskan into custody for a day after she claimed that her baby was snatched outside KEM Hospital. She later changed her statement to say she had abandoned her baby.
On Wednesday, she was again produced before the court where police requested she be taken into custody for seven days, but considering the nature of her crime, she was granted judicial custody and later released on bail.
Defence lawyer Advocate Samrat Rawte and Advocate Varsha Takavale argued that Section 317 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was a bailable offence and there was no possibility that the accused would create any hurdle in the ongoing police investigation.
Advocate Rawte said, “The accused has already spent over Rs 1.30 lakh in hospitals like Jehangir and KEM and therefore the family’s financial condition was not a constraint.
In the remand application, police said they wanted to investigate the rickshaw driver, who is suspected to be an accomplice. They also wanted to seize the SIM card used by her and investigate if Shaikh had any accomplices as the child hasn’t been traced yet.”
The Samarth Police revealed that Shaikh’s cellphone was left at home and she later confessed that she had abandoned her baby near Ambil odha at Dandekar Bridge.