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Delhi HC issues notice in plea to change order exceeding interim bail till October 31

The Delhi High Court today gave notice in an application looking for changes of its earlier request expanding interim bail orders till 31st October, 2020 taking into account COVID-19 pandemic.

A three-Judge Bench comprising of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh has directed  the State to submit information regarding number of prisoners currently in jail who are tested positive for COVID-19 and prisoners released on interim bail.

The order was passed after Advocate Amit Prasad, Special Public Prosecutor for Delhi riots expressed that the order passed by the honorable court is being abused by the prisoners, after it was observed by a trail court managing Delhi riots cases.

He informed that in cases under Section 302 IPC, accused people were pulling back ordinary bail application and looking for between time abandon compassionate grounds, along these lines getting a ceaseless expansion by virtue of the High Court request.

“If people are misusing, this is wrong. We will stop this order. We will recall it.”

SPP Prasad included that now the correctional facilities were outfitted with confinement wards and a person is transferred to normal prison simply after following 14 days of quarantine after his/her arrest. On being asked, Senior Standing Counsel (Criminal) Rahul Mehra requested for more time to get the refreshed figures on the status of COVID-19 patients in correctional facilities.

The Court on this matter gave more time to State to present the most recent figures regarding COVID-19 positive prisoners in prisons and of those released on interim bail.

The Court has also issued an order to the Director-General (Prisons) to be present before the court on the following date of hearing.

The issue would be heard next on 16th October.

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