Undertrials Should be Given Bail at the Earliest: SC tells Allahabad HC

The Supreme Court (‘SC’), while hearing bail appeals of 18 convicts on the ground that they have spent more than 7 years in jail yet their appeals against convictions are not listed for regular hearing in the Allahabad High Court (‘AHC’), came down on the AHC and said “If you find it very difficult to do, then we would take the burden. There is problem with both the HC and the State. You cannot put these people behind bars indefinitely.”

The SC in May had asked the AHC, which is at present hearing an appeal made in 1980, to club and decide the pleas of all the one-time offenders who have spent more than 10 years in jail and grant them bail.