School's ex-vice principal gets bail in Dalit harassment case

A former vice principal of a school, sentenced to three years in jail for harassing a scheduled castes employee, has been granted interim bail by a court here to allow him to file an appeal against his conviction before the Delhi High Court.

Additional sessions judge T R Naval, while granting bail for 30 days to S C Jain, former vice principal of a private school in east Delhi, also suspended his sentence, saying if he is unable to get regular bail from the High Court by August 14, then he will have to surrender before the trial court.

“Keeping in view that accused has been on bail during the trial and he has only been awarded sentence up to three years, therefore application is allowed.

“The sentence is suspended and convict Jain is released on interim bail for 30 days on furnishing of personal bond for a sum of Rs 25,000 with one surety of like amount,” the court said.

The court had convicted Jain after holding him guilty of committing an “offence of atrocity” and forcing a staff, employed as a waterman, to work as a sweeper as he belonged to the scheduled caste community.

Seeking suspension of Jain’s jail term and release on interim bail to afford an opportunity to file an appeal before the High Court, his counsel had submitted before the court that the convict has deposited the entire fine amount of Rs 51,000.

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