Don’t grant bail if higher courts gives pre-arrest relief: Supreme Court to trial courts

The Supreme Court has asked trial courts to immediately discontinue with the practice of granting regular bail in cases that are pending in higher courts.

It said that copies of its order be sent to directors of all judicial academies in the country for bringing to the notice of all judicial officers exercising criminal jurisdiction in their respective states.

A bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha took note of an incident in which a trial court in Jharkhand had granted regular bail to an accused, who had already managed to get anticipatory bail from the apex court as an interim relief while the matter was still pending.

Supreme Court order came on a plea filed by Jharkhand, challenging the grant of regular bail by the trial court.

The apex court has also asked registrar general of Jharkhand High Court to obtain the explanation from judicial officer of the trial court, who had granted the bail.

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