The Delhi High Court further extended for 15 days the interim bails granted to 3499 undertrial prisoners expiring with effect from 20th February 2021.
A division bench comprising of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh delivered the order after the High Powered Committee vide its meeting dated 17th February 2021 decided not to recommend further extension of interim bails.
Kanwaljeet Arora, Member Secretary, Delhi State Legal Services Authority informed the Court that the Committee, while recommending extension of interim bails to undertrials on 14th January 2021, resolved that the same was done for the last time and that the same point was reiterated in the recent meeting.
On the other hand, Sandeep Goel, Director General Prisons informed the Court that the interim bails of 3499 undertrial prisoners is going to expire from 20th February 2021.
"In view of these circumstances, the interim bails granted to 3499 UTPs expiring with effect from 20.02.2021 stand extended for a further period of 15 days from the dates when their respective interim bails shall expire. The Director General (Prisons) shall ensure that, this order is conveyed to all the 3499 UTPs by telephone, as well as, through all other available modes. Mr. Kanwal Jeet Arora, learned Member Secretary, DSLSA shall coordinate with the Director General (Prisons) in this regard." The Bench ordered.
The High Court also directed Kanwaljeet Arora to put on record the Minutes of Meeting of HPC held on 17.02.2021 before the next date of hearing.
The matter will now be heard on 3rd March 2021.