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Supreme Court grants bail to 13 prisoners languishing in Agra jail for over two decades

Lawstreet Journal 10 Jul 2021 1:02am

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The Supreme Court on Thursday (July 8, 2021) granted interim bail to 13 prisoners who have languished in Agra Jail for 14-22 years despite proving their juvenility at the time of the commission of the offense. “It is not in dispute that 13 petitioners have been held by Juvenile Justice Boards as juveniles. Let interim bail be granted to them by presenting personal bonds,” the court ordered. [Tikam Singh & Ors v. State of U.P]

A Bench of Justice Idira Banerjee and Justice V. Ramasubramanian passed these orders while hearing a writ petition which highlighted the “very unfortunate and sorry state of affairs” in Uttar Pradesh, where many prisoners continue to languish in jail despite proving their claim of juvenility. 

The petitioners moved the Apex Court seeking to highlight the unchallenged rulings from Juvenile Justice Board wherein the petitioners have been declared juveniles with clear findings that they were all below the age of 18 years, yet no steps have been taken to release them. 

Advocate Rishi Malhotra, appearing for the petitoners submitted that it is unfortunate that despite a clear and unchallenged categorical order declaring these petitioners as Juvenile, the petitioners are languishing in Agra Jail having undergone custody ranging from 14 years to 22 years.

In 2012, the Allahabad High Court while entertaining a PIL had noted that there were many prisoners who were languishing in different jails in the State of Uttar Pradesh who were juvenile and passed directions to hold an inquiry by the concerned… Continue Reading...

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