KOCHI: The Kerala high court on Friday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Martin Joseph, who is accused of rape and torture of his live-in partner, after recording his arrest.
Justice Shircy V dismissed the pre-arrest bail plea after his counsel informed the court that Martin has been arrested. The plea was filed by the 26-year-old of Pulikkottil House at Puttekkara near Anjoor in Thrissur on May 26th after a sessions court denied him anticipatory bail.
During the hearing on Friday, Martin’s counsel argued that the arrest made by police when anticipatory bail plea was pending was improper. However, the court said even though the plea was considered, no direction had been issued not to arrest him.
The case relates to alleged rape and torture of a 27-year-old woman, with whom the applicant had a live-in relationship, after she questioned his relationship with another woman. She has also alleged that he cheated her of Rs5 lakhs.
(The victim's identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)