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COVID-19: Delhi High Court to consider interim bail extension

SC recommended that the interim bails of 2,177 undertrial prisoners should be extended to put them back in jail during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  9 May 2020 10:22 AM GMT

NEW DELHI: A high-power committee has recently recommended that the interim bails of 2,177 undertrial prisoners should be further extended as it would be dangerous to put them back in jail during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registrar General, through a press statement, said that "as per the verbal directions received from Hon'ble Chief Justice, the matter be placed on May 9 before the Division Bench of HMJ Siddharth Mridul and HMJ Talwant Singh".

The committee headed by a Delhi High Court judge Justice Hima Kohli, through a press release, stated that the period of interim bail so granted to these prosoners shall start expiring on or after May 9.

"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", it added. (IANS)

The over 1.62-lakh CISF paramilitary force is mandated to provide security to major critical infrastructure in diverse areas. It provides security to nuclear installations, space establishments, airports, seaports, power plants, sensitive government buildings and heritage monuments.

Among the important responsibilities entrusted to the CISF are the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, VIP security, disaster management and establishment of a Formed Police Unit (FPU) of the UN at Haiti.

In total, Border Security Force Personnel (BSF) is on the top with a total of 225 COVID-19 cases reported in the border guarding force so far followed by 163 in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 86 in Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) , 35 in Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and 17 in Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). (IANS)

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