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Delhi High Court extends interim bail period of 2,177 undertrials by 45 days

The Delhi High Court on Saturday extended the period of interim bail granted to 2,177 undertrial prisoners by 45 days

Delhi High Court

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 May 2020 6:45 AM GMT

The Delhi High Court on Saturday extended the period of interim bail granted to 2,177 undertrial prisoners by 45 days from its expiry date in a move to decongest the prisons amidst the coronavirus outbreak in the country. While announcing the extension, a division bench of the high court presided over by Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh said, "Director General (Prisons) shall ensure that this order is conveyed to all the 2,177 undertrial prisoners by telephone, as well as through all other available modes. Ld. Member Secretary, DSLSA, shall coordinate with DG (Prisons) in this regard." During the course of hearing, Delhi Police standing counsel Rahul Mehra submitted that they have no objection to the extension. A high-power committee had 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 given the COVID-19 scare prevailing in the country. (IANS)

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