SC criticizes the trend of Courts to grant bail when accused undertakes to deposit money as a pre-condition in private cheating cases

The Supreme Court, in an appeal regarding the legality of a condition to deposit money for grant of anticipatory bail in a cheating case, noted that the conditions imposed should not be onerous, unreasonable or excessive. It further observed that in exceptional cases like misappropriation of public money, it may be appropriate to consider whether the money misappropriated should be deposited, “however, such an approach would not be warranted in cases of private disputes where private parties complain of their money being involved in the offence of cheating.