Vipan Kumar Dhir v. State of Punjab

Anticipatory Bail – Absconder – While granting bail, especially anticipatory bail which is per se extraordinary in nature, the possibility of the accused to influence prosecution witnesses, threatening the family members of the deceased, fleeing from justice or creating other impediments in the fair investigation, ought not to be overlooked. Even if there was any procedural irregularity in declaring the Accused as an absconder, that by itself was not a justifiable ground to grant pre­arrest bail in a case of grave offence. The conduct of the Accused in absconding for more than two years without any justifiable reason should have weighed in mind while granting any discretionary relief.