New Delhi: Now, a ray of hope for prisoners
lodged in different jails of Delhi who are behind bars due to
their inability to pay surety or produce bail bonds for their
The Delhi High Court has directed prison authorities to
relax the surety conditions of inmates who are still in jail
even after being given bail by the court.
Acting on a petition filed by Delhi High Court lawyer D M
Bhalla, seeking release of such prisoners, a bench comprising
Justices Dipak Misra and Manmohan directed the jail
authorities to relax the surety money or make prisoners sign
personal bonds and release them as early as possible.
"The Delhi High Court has directed us to make possible
arrangements for release of these prisoners as early as
possible. All jail superintendents have been asked to identify
such prisoners and produce them before the district sessions
judge who should dispose of such matters within a week`s time
after the case is put before them," Tihar Jail spokesperson
Sunil Gupta said.
He said, "Either the prisoner pays half the surety money
or signs a personal bond wherein he promises not to repeat his
offence, to produce himself before the court as and when
required and also not attempt to forge any case documents."
More than 100 such prisoners are at present lodged in
Tihar Prison and Rohini jail. They have been given bail by the
court but continue to remain behind bars as they are not able
to furnish bail bonds or surety money.
The surety they have failed to pay ranges from Rs 5,000
to Rs 50,000, depending on the degree of the crime committed
by them. The poor who are unable to pay the amount continue to
be behind bars while the better-off make their way out.
Two months ago, Bhalla, who is also a visiting advocate
of Rohini jail, had filed a Public Interest Litigation in the
High Court seeking release of such prisoners.