931 criminal bail pleas, 141 petitions to suspend sentence pending in Supreme Court as on December 18, 2020: RTI reply

Activist Saket Gokhale had filed an RTI application seeking to know how many bail matters relating to criminal cases were pending in the top court after journalist Arnab Goswami got an immediate hearing in his bail plea.
931 criminal bail pleas, 141 petitions to suspend sentence pending in Supreme Court as on December 18, 2020: RTI reply
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The Registry of the Supreme Court of India has informed that there are 931 bail and anticipatory bail petitions pending as on December 18, in response to a Right to Information (RTI) request filed by activist Saket Gokhale. This figure of 931 also includes interim bail petitions.

The top court has further informed that 141 petitions seeking a suspension of sentence is also pending in the Court as on December 18, 2020. The data cited by the Supreme Court registry is as per the ICMIS software.

Gokhale had filed an RTI application seeking to know how many bail matters relating to criminal cases were pending in court after journalist Arnab Goswami got an immediate hearing in a bail plea filed by him.

Goswami had moved the top court in an interim bail plea soon after he was arrested and lodged in Taloja jail for allegedly abetting the 2018 suicide of an interior architect.

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