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    Bombay HC grants Sahil Khan interim protection from arrest in Manoj Patil attempt-to-suicide case

    As a sigh of great relief for actor Sahil Khan Bombay High Court granted him interim protection from arrest in the Manoj Patil attempt-to-suicide case.

    Sahil is a Bollywood actor and a fitness entrepreneur, and also known as India’s Official Aesthetic King in fitness awareness and representing Indian sports and wellness industries across the globe.

    Earlier Manoj, a former Mr India contest winner had registered an FIR on September 20.
    against Sahil for harassing and defaming him.

    Manoj Patil, a former Mr India contest winner, had registered a case against Sahil Khan on September 20. As per the case, Sahil defamed and provoked Manoj Patil on social media in 2020-2021, out of a past grudge in his mind. Manoj was mentally harassed due to which, on September 15, at around 11 pm, he attempted to commit suicide by consuming some pills. However, he was rushed to the nearby hospital and is out of danger.

    The FIR was registered against Sahil under Section 306 (abetment to suicide), 511 (offences punishable with life sentence), 500 (punishment for defamation), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 34 (common intention with other accused) of the Indian Penal Code.

    After registration of the FIR, even Sahil filed written complaints with the Oshiwara Police Station against Manoj for filing a false case against him under false pretext of committing suicide. Sahil, however, apprehended arrest in the case registered against him and immediately moved the Dindoshi Sessions Court.

    On September 23, the Sessions Court granted anticipatory bail to two of Sahil’s accomplices, but not to him. It was because of this that Sahil approached the Bombay High Court. The plea filed stated that Sahil has no criminal antecedent, no complaint of any nature and has not been convicted by any court of law. They alleged that the FIR filed by Manoj is wrong, false, bogus and illegal and that it was filed with the malafide motive and out of past grudges.
    It states that he is a law-abiding, peace-loving citizen of India.

    During the hearing on Tuesday, 28 September, advocate Rajiv Chavan, representing Sahil, told the court that Section 306 applied in the case goes on to show that the case is false. He told the court that abetment to suicide cannot be applied in the case as Manoj is still alive.

    Justice PD Naik asked the prosecution as to who had filed the FIR and was surprised to hear that it was Manoj himself. While Chavan pressed that the co-accused in the case had been granted relief, the Prosecution said that this is a case of defamation and added that they needed time to take instructions.

    Justice Naik thus granted interim relief to Sahil until the next hearing on October 12.

    News Input by K.V.Raman

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