The Delhi High Court has observed that prison is primarily for punishing convicts, not to detain under – trials to send out a message to the public while granting bail to an accused in the violence that took place in North East Delhi in February this year. Single- judge bench of Justice Anup Jairam Bhambani passed its judgment on a bail petition filed by a truck driver, Firoz Khan who was accused of being a part of. The Court further observed that “It is this sentiment, where by the State demands that under trials be kept in prison in ordinately without any purpose that leads to over crowding of jails ; and leaves under trials with the inevitable impression that they are being punished even before trial and therefore being treated unfairly by the system." The court granted bail to Firoz Khan and directed him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of the same amount. The court has further directed him not to leave the national Capital without the court’s permission.
By: Deepanjali Singh