The greater the office held, the greater the responsibility of the person: SC

“The greater the office held, the greater the responsibility of the person.” : SC

The Supreme Court has observed that holding high office does not entitle one to anticipatory bail.

Brief Facts

  • Anil Kumar Singh and others were accused under Section 447 of the Bihar Nagar Palika Act, 2007 for alleged disclosure of false information in nomination papers submitted for General Nagar Palika elections, 2007.
  • State Election Commission had found that this allegation was correct and declared the elections void and directed to lodge FIR against them under Section 447 of the said Act read with Section 420/34, Indian Penal Code.
  • Anil Kumar Singh and others filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court seeking directions for the anticipatory bail applications pending before Patna High Court.

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Observation of SC

“We are unable to agree with the contention of the learned counsel for the petitioners in view of the conduct of the petitioners and the greater the office held, the greater the responsibility of the person as in the case of the petitioners. It cannot be said that the petitioners held a high office, they are ipso facto entitled to anticipatory bail

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.” the bench comprising Justices Krishna Murari and Hrishikesh Roy said and continued to dismiss the anticipatory bail application.

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Case name: ANIL KUMAR SINGH ALIA ANIL SINGH vs. HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT PATNA

Case no.: Writ Petition(s)(Criminal) No(s). 293/2020

Coram: Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Krishna Murari and Hrishikesh Roy

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