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Criminal Custody

Bikramjit Batra writes in Tehelka:

The spate of deaths in Delhi’s Tihar Jail during the peak months of summer brought some desperately required attention to overcrowding and prison conditions in general. On June 18, the Delhi High Court directed the release of all inmates arrested under Section 107, read with Section 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) who were unable to get bail as they could not furnish sureties. Six hundred and twenty three inmates were released on personal bonds the next day. The following day, however, another 31 persons were arrested on the same charges. When an explanation was sought, the Delhi Police argued that the High Court’s order did not lay down a general rule but only applied to those already arrested! If it wasn’t so sad, it would be funny.

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