“We are Horrified”: Supreme Court grants Bail to an Under trial in jail for more than 12 years


21Jan,2021

“We are Horrified”: Supreme Court grants Bail to an Under trial in jail for more than 12 years

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued bail to a person on trial who has been in prison for more than 12 years in connection with a 2009 crime.
"We are astonished to notice that the appellant is in jail in connection with the crime registered by FIR No. 226 of 2009 for more than 12 years and the trial is still not concluded." said the bench consisting of Judges AM Khanwilkar, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari, while granting bail to Rakesh Mishra and the accused in the murder case.
The bench, therefore, 'in the pursuit of justice,' ordered that it be released on bail to the satisfaction of the Trial Court on the terms and conditions that it may impose. The court also ordered the Trial Court to ensure that the trial was concluded no later than six months after receipt of a copy of the order. The Court considered an appeal against the order passed by the High Court of Calcutta in the bail petition filed by the High Court on the ground that his father had recently expired. The High Court only allowed him to visit the place in Watganj under the assistant of the police for a period of not more than four hours and refused to grant bail.