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District Judge's Refusal to Accept Bail Bond On Ground That Soft Copy of HC Order Was Not Authenticated was ‘Completely unacceptable’: Delhi High Court

Team SoOLEGAL 10 Jun 2020 4:10pm

District Judge's Refusal to Accept Bail Bond On Ground That Soft Copy of HC Order Was Not Authenticated was ‘Completely unacceptable’: Delhi High Court

A district judge at Delhi HC who refused to accept bail bond of an accused saying that the soft copy of the order passed by him was not validated. 

A plea has been lodged u/S. 482 of the CrPC challenging the order of the District Judge who declined to acknowledge the bail application. 

While hearing the plea of the Appellant, the Court noted that the Registry can always further send the bail orders passed by the High Court to the  respective Jail Superintendent. In this case, if the District Judge had any reservations as to the validity of the order, the same could have been easily verified by the Judicial Branch of the High Court of Delhi. 

The single bench of Justice Pratibha M Singh while quashing the order of the District Judge mentioned that "During the lockdown period and even otherwise, it is a matter of common knowledge that orders are uploaded on the official website of the Delhi High Court. The same is easily verifiable by anyone including the Ld. District Judge in this case"

"To turn down a party who has been given bail and refuse to release him on this specious plea is completely unacceptable" mentioned the court.

Pursuant to this the Appellant has been ordered to be released on interim bail for a month from the date on which the bond was furnished in compliance with the instructions of the concerned Jail Superintendent. 



Tagged: District Judge   Delhi High Court   Justice Pratibha M Singh   Jail Superintendent   High Court  
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