“Members of the District Judiciary cannot be Placed in a Sense of Fear”: SC

The Supreme Court (SC) setting aside the order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court (MPHC), denying bail granted by a District Court, observed that “The order of the High Court directing that the appellant be arrested immediately and seeking an explanation from the Second Additional Sessions Judge was wholly disproportionate and was not warranted. Such orders of the High Court produce a chilling effect on the District judiciary.” The SC further observed that bail granted by the District Court was based on factors such as the filing of charge sheet, release of co-accused on bail etc. and that the order of bail did not indicate that wrong principles of law were applied.