COVID-19: Delhi HC orders release of undertrial prisoners without surety bond to decongest prisons

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With a view to decongesting prisons during the Coronavirus lockdown, the Delhi High Court today directed that undertrial prisoners be released without furnishing a surety bond [Court of its own motion v. State].

This would apply to bail orders involving undertrials passed by the High Court or courts subordinate to it, on or before April 7, 2020.

The High Court has held that the undertrial prisoners may now be released on their furnishing a personal bond to the satisfaction of the Superintendent of Jail.

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