The Delhi High Court on Friday said that its decision to extend interim bails repeatedly was to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 among inmates from those returning to jail after the expiry of their bail or parole period.“We did not determine the gravity of offences in each case. The solitary purpose was that those who have been released on interim bail or bail either before or March 16 should not be permitted to return to the jails since they could spread the pandemic amongst the inmates,” a full Bench headed by Chief Justice D.N. Patel said.The court made the clarification after an application was moved by a convict whose interim bail was not extended by another Bench of the High Court.On July 13, the High Court has ordered extending all interim bail or parole as per the criteria laid down by the High Powered Committee (HPC) which was set up on the Supreme Court’s direction to decongest prisons for preventing spread of COVID-19.Sought clarityDuring the hearing on Friday, Delhi government standing counsel (criminal) Rahul Mehra sought clarity on the issue as different Benches of the High Court have since interpreted the full Bench’s direction differently over different cases.The full… Read full this story
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