The Delhi State Legal Service Authority (DSLSA) has written to the Delhi High Court for passing a Judicial Order to extend the bail pleas of 2177 under trial prisoners by another 45 days on the recommendation of High Powered Committee constituted as per the orders of the Supreme Court to de-congest prisons.
The Delhi High Court has constituted the special bench comprising of Justice Siddharth Mridul & Justice Talwant Singh to consider the recommendation of the High Powered Committee and the letter written by DSLSA, to further extend the period of Emergency Parole by 45 Days.
The DSLSA has stated in its letter, “Considering the fact that the situation of pandemic as on date is still the same and taking into account paucity of space in jail premises to create sufficient number of Isolation Wards, so as to keep all the prisoners coming back after expiry of their interim bail separate, from other inmates to prevent spread of COVID- 19, it is recommended that this period of interim bail should be further suitably extended. Since the Committee felt that moving separate applications for each UTP seeking extension of “interim bail” before the concerned Courts, would be cumbersome and would lead to wastage of judicial time, it recommended that the Hon’ble High Court may be requested to extend this period of “interim bail” for the UTPs falling under the criteria laid down in the previous meetings of this Committee, through a judicial order for a further period of at least 45 days from the date their respective period of earlier “interim bail” is expiring.”
-India Legal Bureau