NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has clarified that whenever the courts call for any report either from the police or the jail authorities, a copy of the same shall also be given to the accused so that he or she can properly understand the reasons given therein and defend their case.
"A copy of the report given by the Jail Superintendent as well as the report given by the Investigating Officer should be supplied to the applicant so that accused can properly understand the reasons given therein and defend their case in the court of law. This is a basic need for access to justice and for rendering justice to the public at large," said the court.
The observations came while a division bench of the high court presided by Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan allowed the petition filed by Chirag Madan seeking directions of the court for supplying in advance the status reports, report by the jail superintendent and reply copy filed on behalf of the prosecution while hearing bail applications of undertrials.
The court also said that as far as possible, the report of the Investigating Officer as well as of the Jail Superintendent should be given to the court in advance.
"Similarly, copies of these reports should also be given to the accused/applicant in advance so that they can also defend their case effectively and efficiently in the court of law," it said.
The petitioner through his plea appraised that court that over the period of time, he has experienced that it has become a trend before the trial courts not to supply the copy of such reports and replies on behalf of the prosecution in response to the bail applications filed by accused persons under Section 437,438 and 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). (IANS)