Prayagraj: In view of the sudden sharp surge in Covid cases and casualties, the Allahabad High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has urged the Acting Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court to prepone summer vacations and also grant interim bail to all undertrials in jail for offences punishable up to 10 years, for at least eight weeks.
As Covid rages like wild fire and the number of Covid cases are rising continuously, the HCBA in a resolution has urged the Acting Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court Sanjay Yadav to consider complete closing of the court till May 7, 2021, and thereafter, preponing the summer vacation so that the spread of coronavirus can be contained.
The HCBA resolution, signed by president Amarendra Nath Singh and secretary Prabha Shankar Mishra, said, “There is immense pressure on our High Court and district courts in pending bail matters, which even in these troubled times need to be addressed in view of the issue of human liberty and Article 21 of our Constitution, which provides protection of life and personal liberty.”
The HCBA further said, “In case interim bail is granted for a fixed period then the same will result in saving lives of not only the undertrials but also our judicial staff, who in the present times are also like Covid warriors. Further, the pressure on our already overburdened judicial system will also get some much needed respite.”
The HCBA has requested the Acting Chief Justice to seek immediately a jail-wise report from the state government with details of the inmates who can be given immediate relief. “The said order can very well be passed in the PIL no-564 of 2020 (In Re),” the HCBA added.