Delhi HC extends period of interim bail for 2177 under trial prisoners by another period of 45 days: (COVID-19)-

W.P.(C) 3080/2020:
Case title: Courts on its own motion vs. Government of NCT of Delhi ANR.

The present matter has been taken up for hearing by way of Video Conferencing in lieu of lockdown due to COVID-19. This Suo-Moto Writ Petition has been taken up pursuant to a note dated 7th May of Registrar General, which was put up before Honorable the Chief Justice on 8 May 2020 and as directed, the same has been listed before this Division Bench today.

In its meeting dated 5May  the High powered committee noted that, the said period of 45 days in respect of some UTPs is going to expire on 9May and for others it shall expire in coming days of May 2020 and in the first week of June 2020 but situation of the pandemic COVID-19 is  still the same, and the Central Government has already extended the Lock Down to 17may and it may not be possible to estimate definite date for restarting of normal functioning of Court system, so HPC was of the opinion that the interim bail so granted to 2177 UTPs by respective CMMs/MMs needs to be extended for a further period of 45 days. It may not be possible to move individual applications before concerned CMMs/MMs by Legal Aid Counsel. This Court for considering the extension of interim bails of 2177 UTPs on judicial side.

“The interim bails for a period of 45 days granted to 2177 UTPs, in view of the recommendations of HPC dated 28.03.2020, 07.04.2020 and 18.04.2020 and on the based on orders in WP (C) No.2945/2020 titled as “Shobha Gupta & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors.” are hereby extended by another period of 45 days from the date of their respective expiry of interim bails on the same terms and conditions.”

-Delhi High Court

The Director General shall ensure that this order is moved to all the 2177 UTPs by telephone, as well as, through all other available modes. List on 22.06.2020.

By Aman pandey of Law college dehradun.

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