HC Directs Subordinate Courts for developing mechanism for providing the contact details of Duty Magistrates for Compliance of Orders Granting Bail During Lockdown[Read Order]

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The Punjab & Haryana High Court has Directed all the Subordinate Courts of States of Punjab, Haryana and U.T., Chandigarh for developing mechanism for providing the contact details of Duty Magistrates so that Compliance of Orders Granting Bail can be made.

The Direction was issued in an Miscellaneous Application Moved by the Under trial prisoner who has not been released from jail, despite being granted bail.

It was Contended that the Petitioner has been granted bail by the Subordinate courts in two cases. But the said orders have neither been uploaded nor copies thereof have been provided to the petitioner.

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The Court Ordered:

” all the District & Sessions Judges in the States of Punjab, Haryana and U.T., Chandigarh, shall make a mechanism, clearly providing on their official websites, the contact numbers and e-mails of the CJMs/Duty Magistrates or other Judicial Officers on duties so that the compliance of the orders granting bail could be made. They are also directed to upload the orders passed by the Courts in their respective Sessions Divisions, before or on the date of lockdown. However, while doing so, there shall be strict compliance of the precautionary measures as circulated by this Court in the wake of Pandemic Covid-19. “

It Further Directed that all the Subordinate Courts in the States of Punjab, Haryana and U.T., Chandigarh to release the accused, who have already been granted bail either by this Court or by the Subordinate Courts, on bail on furnishing their personal bonds without enforcing the condition of surety bonds/bail bonds. Of Course, a condition can be laid down that when the situation turns to be normal, the accused would be bound to furnish surety bonds/bail bonds.

Read Order here: