[Coronavirus] Lower Courts to act as Session Courts for deciding interim bail applications of undertrial prisoners: Karnataka HC
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[Coronavirus] Lower Courts to act as Session Courts for deciding interim bail applications of undertrial prisoners: Karnataka HC

Rintu Mariam Biju

As per a notification issued by the Karnataka High Court, Presiding Officers of certain lower courts shall exercise the jurisdiction of Sessions Court to pass interim bail orders with respect to undertrial prisoners.

Pursuant to this, 33 Presiding Officers of various courts in the state have been granted the power to exercise the jurisdiction of a Sessions Court under Section 9(3) and 9(4) of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

A notification has been issued in this regard with a view to decongesting prisons in wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had urged all states to consider releasing prisoners facing sentences of up to seven years in order to decongest prisons in light of Coronavirus pandemic.

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