Denied bail, 500 Nagpur undertrials seek NHRC intervention
Around 500 undertrials, languishing in the Nagpur Central Jail, have shot off a memorandum to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) claiming that they are being denied bail.
The four-page handwritten and signed memorandum in Marathi was dispatched Saturday to the NHRC, citing Supreme Court precedents in matters related to bail.
It has been signed, among others, by Ranjeeta Velade, Diwakar Jha, Sunanda Bhovate, Mangesh Shinde, Sudhir Dhavale and Diwakar Kotalwar.
The undertrials, including 45 women, have pointed out how the country's apex court has repeatedly emphasised on an undertrial's right to secure bail in cases where it is certain he/she will not jump bail, or belongs to a lower economic class or deprived section of society.
The memorandum points out that in reality, lower courts and public prosecutors refuse to budge from their stand of not granting bail to undertrials.
The memorandum accuses the lower courts and prosecutors of resorting to all sorts of legalese, especially with political prisoners in custody, which is contrary to the very essence of justice and fairplay.
The inmates have urged the NHRC to intervene in the matter as bail in such matters is being denied not only in Maharashtra but across the country and is tantamount to violation of human rights.
(Posted on 24-11-2013)