Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to painter Chintan Upadhyay, who has been in custody since 2015 on charges of murdering his estranged wife Hema and her lawyer. Chintan has been in jail for the last six years and his trial is yet to be completed. Therefore, the court noted that he was eligible for bail. The court also directed the lower court to complete the case within six months.
Justice L. A bench of justices Nageshwar Rao and Bhushan Gavai, while granting bail to Chintan, clarified that he could not stay in Mumbai, only for the purpose of hearing.
Chintan had moved the apex court for bail after the sessions court and the high court denied him bail. At the time, Chintan was in jail for six years, and despite the Supreme Court ordering the case to be disposed of in a timely manner, only 12 of the 28 witnesses in the case have been called as witnesses, Chintan told the court. Chintan had sought bail, saying he was dependent on Corona’s background as well as his elderly parents and had never met him since his arrest.
However, the police had opposed Chintan’s bail, claiming that he was being taken care of in jail. The court will record the testimony of 26 witnesses and the case is being heard for weeks. The court was also told by the police that the lower court was trying to complete the case as soon as possible.