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Anticipatory Bail Cannot Be Limited By Time: Says SC

Lawstreet Journal 29 Jan 2020 8:31pm

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The Supreme Court of India on 29 January, 2020 ruled that no time limit could be fixed for granting an anticipatory bail. The bail could continue until the end of the trial. The judgement was delivered by a five-judge constitutional bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, Indira Banerjee, Vineet Saran, MR Shah and Ravindra Bhat

The bench had reserved its judgement in the case of Sushila Aggarwal & Ors. v. State (NCT of Delhi) & Anr., on 24 October, 2019. 

Previous decisions in cases such as Shri Gurbaksh Singh Sibbia & Ors v. State of Punjab, Siddharam Satlingappa Mhetre v. State of Maharashtra and Others, have stated that anticipatory bail should not be for a limited period of time, while cases such as Salauddin Abdulsamad Shaikh v. State of Maharashtra call for the limited duration of the anticipatory bail.

The ApexCourt, however, opined that the anticipatory bail could be extended with suitable conditions, under Section 438 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973

The pre-arrest bail does not end when accused is summoned. However, it is open for the court to do so. Such relief, however, does not restrict power of police to investigate an offence, the bench ruled.

“Parliament has not thought it appropriate to curtail the rights of citizens. It will be dangerous to restrict such a power of arrest,” said the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra. 

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