News By/Courtesy: Ayush Garg | 22 May 2020 19:58pm IST

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  • undertrials accused of murder can also now be considered for grant of interim bail for 45 days.
  • undertrials should not be involved in any other case and have spent more than two years in jail
  • committee has allowed male undertrial prisoners over 65 years of age and female undertrials over 60 years of age, who have spent at least six months in jail, to be considered

The concern of the jail administration and judicial authorities has increased after some employees and prisoners of the three jails of Delhi, Tihar, Rohini, and Mandoli were found to be Corona positive. A high-level committee formed to reduce the burden of prisoners in the jail has taken several important decisions. The committee has also decided to release the accused on charges of serious offenses such as murder and attempt to murder, to maintain social distancing in the jails. The committee convened a special meeting given the threat of staff and prisoners being continuously corona positive in jails.
The committee has also informed the Delhi government about its decisions. At the same time, the Delhi government has also been requested to relax the parole. On this, the committee has also received a positive response from the special secretary of the Delhi government. The committee says that the decisions it has taken are taken according to the guidelines of the Supreme Court. Also allowed to be considered for interim bail are undertrials accused of culpable homicide who have spent more than a year in jail, prisoners accused of attempt to murder who have spent more than six months behind the bars, and theft accused who have spent more than 15 days in jail.
The committee has allowed male undertrial prisoners over 65 years of age and female undertrials over 60 years of age, who have spent at least six months in jail, to be considered for release on interim bail as well.
The application for interim bail of these undertrials also needs to be accompanied by a “good conduct” certificate from the jail superintendent concerned
The objection was filed on behalf of two lawyers for non-provision of bail to those accused of committing economic offenses under special category. It was answered by the committee that decisions have been taken as per the order of the Supreme Court. The country is already in a crisis of the economy. In such a situation, leniency has been denied to those who commit economic offenses.
 As the jail does not have the facility of corona investigation, the committee has decided that the bail period of prisoners coming to jail will be extended when the 45-day interim bail period ends. At the same time, the government was urged that the prisoners on emergency parole be extended again after the parole period ends. It was said by the government that a decision will be taken at the earliest.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 22 May 2020 20:08pm IST


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