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10 days in jail despite bail: DG tenders unconditional apology to Delhi HC

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New Delhi: The Director General of Police (Prisons) today tendered an unconditional apology before the Delhi High Court with regards to the illegal detention of a prisoner for 10 days in jail, despite bail having been granted to him in all his cases.

A divisional bench of the court, comprising Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad, while hearing the matter through video conferencing, noted: “There’s a lack of basic knowledge to interpret legal orders on part of the jail authorities, they should brush up their law.”

The petition was filed by a prisoner who has been granted bail in both the complaints filed against him under the Negotiable Instruments Act and was illegally detained by the jail authorities for 10 days, even after completing all the formalities as directed by the court.

The bench expressed its deep dissatisfaction toward the reasoning submitted by the prison authorities with regard to the illegal detention of the petitioner.

The bench considered the unconditional apology submitted by the DG (Prison) for the reasoning submitted by the concerned superintendent. The court stated: “We’re deeply dissatisfied by the way through which the superintendent tried to defend himself. There’s no legal basis for that.” 

The court further stated that the superintendent should compensate the prisoner personally. 

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The bench directed the Delhi State Legal Service Authority to conduct workshops for all the jail superintendents in Delhi and has further directed to make a special module for them specifying the duties, obligations, and prisoners’ rights. 

– India Legal Bureau

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