Delay in trial due to police failure in ensuring presence of witnesses recurring theme in Uttar Pradesh: Allahabad High Court

"Prisoners spend long years in jail simply because the police authorities do not ensure the appearance of witnesses on a timely basis in defiance of orders passed by the trial courts," the Court explained.
Uttar Pradesh Police with Allahabad High Court
Uttar Pradesh Police with Allahabad High Court

The Allahabad High Court recently observed that the inability of the State police to deliver summons and carry out court-directed coercive processes to secure the presence of witnesses during a criminal trial violates fundamental rights of an accused including their right to a speedy trial and timely access to bail. [Bhanwar Singh v State]

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