Delhi HC Calls to use GPS tracking device to record the movement of accused(s) released on bail

Team SoOLEGAL 7 May 2020 4:19pm

Delhi HC Calls to use GPS tracking device to record the movement of  accused(s) released on bail

The Delhi High Court has called for the use of monitoring devices, such as the GPS tracking device, to monitor the movement of accused persons who have been released on bail.

The single judge bench of Justice Asha Menon, made such an observation while rejecting the petition filed by the Delhi Government challenging the order granting bail to Sanjeev Kumar Chawla, a bookie accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal.

Justice Menon observed that the case "brought to the fore the need for investigative agencies and the Government to consider the use of advances in technology to track under-trials in cases of this nature where the State may fear that an accused may flee from trial".

"Digital and electronic equipment, as presently used in America, ought to be introduced in India, so that a tracking system similar to the GPS Tracking System, can be used to monitor the movement of the accused released on bail, allowing the authorities to gather information all the time while permitting the accused to undertake the usual and ordinary activities of normal life", mentioned Justice Menon in the order. 

In the present case, while granting bail to Chawla, the Additional Sessions Judge, Patiala House Court, ordered him to keep his mobile phone operational at all times and instructed him to make a call to the Investigating Officer / Station House Officer once a day. Chawla's brother and the two security officers were also directed to provide the IO / SHO with the information of their cell phones and to keep their mobile phones operational at all times.

As there are no technological monitoring systems in India, the ASJ relied upon “the next best course available” observed the HC.

Justice Asha Menon, who had reserved judgment on the petition earlier this month, delivered the orders by video conferencing on Wednesday.

Tagged: GPS tracking   Delhi   High Court   Justice Asha Menon   Sanjeev Kumar Chawla  
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