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How Many Prisoners in Last 3 Years Were Not Released Within 24 Hours of Being Granted Bail, Delhi HC Directs DG (Prisons) to Conduct Inquiry and Submit Report

Delhi High Court has directed the Director General (Prisons) to conduct an inquiry as to on how many occasions were the prisoner not released within 24 hours of being granted bail by a competent court, for reasons not attributable to that prisoner. The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad has directed the DG (Prisons) to submit a status report indicating the date of the order, the case number, the date of release, and the number of days of unlawful detention in a tabulated form. The order has come in criminal writ moved by a prisoner who was illegally detained in the prison despite being granted bail by the competent court. The Petitioner submitted that he was granted bail in both the complaints filed against him under section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act much before December, 2019 and he had completed all the requisite formalities as was directed, in the month of December, 2019 itself.

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