Case of Human Sacrifice: Kerala High Court rejects accused Laila Bhagawal Singh’s bail request

The verdict was delivered by Justice Sophy Thomas. This was Singh’s second bail request in the case.

One of the main defendants in the 2022 human sacrifice case, Laila Bhagawal Singh, had her bail application denied by the Kerala High Court on Monday.

The verdict was delivered by Justice Sophy Thomas.

When the dismembered bodies of two women were found in Thiruvalla in the Pathanamthitta district, early October 2022 brought news of their murders—possibly as part of a human sacrifice ritual—to the State.

Lottery ticket vendors in the Ernakulam district were the victims.

The same week, three people were taken into custody for the offense.

A man named Muhammad Shafi was taken into custody by the police on suspicion of planning the kidnapping and carrying out the sacrifice murder. Bhagawal Singh and Laila Bhagawal Singh, the other accused couple, were detained on suspicion of organizing and participating in the sacrificial murder.

Following a 12-day period of judicial custody, the three accused were first remanded to police custody.

Laila was denied bail in November by Judicial First Class Magistrate-VIII at Ernakulam Eldos Mathew, who saw merit in the prosecution’s argument that the unprecedented crime was well-planned and required a comprehensive investigation.

“The case is still in its early stages of investigation. The investigation’s trajectory will be impacted if the accused is freed on bond. The magistrate’s order said, “There is also a possibility that she will intimidate witnesses, tamper with evidence, and abscond.”

Laila was again denied bail when she went to the High Court in January of this year.

She subsequently presented the High Court with a second bail request, which was denied today.

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