In a first, the Madhya Pradesh High Court (Gwalior Bench) on Thursday (02 July) passed more than 15 Bail orders directing several accused persons to render physical and financial assistance to Govt. Primary School which is situated nearest to their respective residences.
It is to be noted that most of these orders were passed by a single bench of Justice Sheel Nagu. However, a few of these orders were passed by a division bench comprising Justices Sheel Nagu and Anand Pathak, with the former authoring the orders.
The court in its orders said,
"The petitioner as a Shiksha Swayamsewak shall render physical and financial assistance to Govt. Primary School situated nearest to his residence for ensuring hygiene and sanitation and for removing deficiencies of infrastructural amenities in the said School from the skill /resources of (the) petitioner."
Further, the Registry of the Court was directed to communicate the passed orders to the Collector, District Education Officer, Block Education Officer of the District/Block concerned (through Legal Aid Officer, SALSA Gwalior) for information and compliance.
In addition to this, it was also made clear by the court that a copy of these orders have to be supplied to the Legal Aid Officer, SALSA, Gwalior. Such Legal officer has been further directed by the court to communicate the passed orders to the Paralegal Volunteers of the area concerned to verify as to whether the petitioners have complied with the Condition No. 8 (the bail condition in question) or not and submit a report once every month.
It is to be noted that in some of these orders passed by the High Court, an additional condition was also placed directing the petitioners/accused persons to contribute Rs. 15,000/- towards the PM CARES Fund for helping the disaster management process in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.
Other Significant Bail Conditions
This is not the first time that the Madhya Pradesh High Court has evolved a peculiar bail condition during the pandemic situation.
Register as COVID Warrior
As reported earlier, the High Court has been directing few accused to register themselves as "COVID-19 Warriors" and work in the "COVID-19 Disaster Management", as per directions of the concerned District Magistrate, as a pre-condition for bail.
"Human resource in the shape of young-aged Appellants could be utilized for the betterment of the society and to ward off the crises," Justice Sheel Nagu had remarked while imposing this bail condition in one of the cases.
Render Voluntary Service
Similarly, Justice Prakash Shrivastava of the MP High Court had directed a grocery shop-owner, apprehended for lockdown violation, to render "voluntary services" for a week, as a precondition for bail.
Notably, the Patna High Court in the month of March while granting bail to a man accused in a murder case, had directed him to render service as a volunteer for a period of three months from the date of his release in the process of combating the pandemic of Covid-19 of Corona Virus.
Last month (1-4 June 2020), a similar bail condition was imposed by the Patna High Court in more than 20 bail application matters.
Installation Of 'Non-Chinese' LED TV At A Local District Hospital
Last week, the Madhya Pradesh High Court directed two accused to install coloured LED TV at a local District Hospital, manufactured anywhere but in China, as a pre-condition for bail.
"The petitioner along with petitioner in McrC No.11789/20 undertake to purchase and install a black coloured LED T.V. at Renbasera, District Hospital Morar worth at least Rs.25,000/- manufactured in India or abroad except China.
Donate Sanitizer and Masks
Again, the Madhya Pradesh HC on Thursday (02 July) directed two accused to donate 5-5 litres of alcoholic based sanitizer and 200-200 good quality masks to the District Hospital, Dhar for the use of Para-medical staff, as a pre-condition for bail.