Allahabad High Court Grants Interim Bail to Relatives of First Handicapped Female Mountaineer in Case of Misappropriation of Funds.

The Allahabad High Court, in a case of misappropriation of funds has granted interim bail to the applicants. The applicants who were granted bail were the relatives of Arunima Sinha, who is known to be the first handicapped female mountaineer.

The FIR was lodged against Shri Om Prakash Tripathi on 8th February 2020, under Sections 406, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code. The accused had been in jail since 15th July 2020, in connection to the informant’s report.

Om Prakash Tripathi was the President of the Arunima Sinha Trust, and is also the brother in law of Mrs. Sinha. He and his wife Laxmi Sinha were accused of misappropriating funds from the Trust for their own deeds. The allegations against Laxmi Sinha (sister of Mrs. Arunima Sinha) was regarding a loan of Rs. 17 lakhs.

The FIR contained that the informant had provided a loan of Rs. 24.5 lakhs to the accused/applicant. The same amount was alleged not returned back to the informant, whereby the accused has given some or the other reasons each time the matter of repayment was brought up. It was further mentioned in the report that the accused had opened an account with HDFC Bank using forged documents and signature of the informant. Upon requesting the accused/applicant to return her money, the informant was threatened with dire consequences.

The applicant’s counsel gave the word that the informant had falsely registered the FIR against the applicant using her position and contacts, and that is was filed as a counter blast to all the allegations filed against the informant in the first place, which are still pending before the court.

The Bench of Justice DK Singh observed that the case is a matter of family dispute, and thus the applicants should be allowed an interim bail of 1.5 months so as to give the parties enough time to settle the matter amicably through mediation.

The applicants were represented by Advocate Pradeep Kumar, and assisted by Prakarsh Pandey.

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