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Supreme Court Stays Delhi High Court Order Denying Extension of Interim Bail to Undertrials [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 1 Nov 2020 12:06am

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The Supreme Court on Thursday (October 29,2020) stayed the Delhi High Court order which had directed all undertrial prisoners whose bail period was extended due to the COVID-19 lockdown to surrender in a phased manner between November 2-13.

The apex court was hearing an appeal filed by the National Forum for Prison Reforms (NFPR) against the Delhi high court order which decided that its blanket order extending all interim stays and bails granted prior to and during the COVID-19 lockdown would not remain in effect after October 31.

The plea said the HC order was passed by misunderstanding the data presented to it and wrongly concluding that only three coronavirus cases existed among the 16,000 inmates. 

 The observations regarding the release of these undertrial prisoners in jails on the allegation that they had committed “heinous crimes” was dealt with by the High Powered Committee (HPC) carefully and reasons were given but these have not even been looked at.

The high court in its order had said that all undertrials whose bail period was extended have to surrender in a phased manner between November 2 and November 13.

The court had said the order would also be applicable to 356 prisoners who were granted bail by the high court and they would have to surrender before the jail authorities on November 13.

The high court on August 24, 2020, had extended till October 31 all the interim orders which were to expire on or after August 31 in cases that are before it and also the district… Continue Reading...


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