"Liberty is not a gift for few” : Supreme Court directs High courts, District courts to monitor pendency of bail applications

27th November

"Liberty is not a gift for few” : Supreme Court directs High courts, District courts to monitor pendency of bail applications

The Supreme Court highlighted the point after giving the judgement in Arnab Goswami case, that this is a high time for courts across the judicial hierarchy in India to remedy the institutional problem of bail applications not being heard and disposed of with expedition.
The court observed that the basic rule of our criminal justice is “bail, not jail.” In Arnab goswami’s case, the bench comprising justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee said that, The high courts and courts in the district judiciary of India must enforce this principle in practice, and not forego that duty. The court emphasised the role of the district judiciary as they play the most important role in preserving the life and liberty of citizens.
The court also emphasised to utilise the data available on national judicial data grid to monitor pendency and disposal of cases, including that before the district judiciary. Administrative judges in charge of districts must also use the facility to engage with the district judiciary and monitor pendency.