The Supreme Court has suggested creating a national portal of those jumping the bail and parole conditions, accessible to the public, giving details of all such culprits. A bench of Justices SK Kaul and Abhay S Oka issued notice to the Centre in this regard and also asked the list of such people and what action has been taken regarding them, fixing the next hearing in November. It also ordered that a copy of the top court’s order on February 17, 2020 be sent to all the state governments for compliance.
Its order came while hearing an appeal by five accused sentenced to life imprisonment by the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a murder in Haryana. The court was told that Kuldeep alias Monu, one of the accused, has been absconding for some time since after getting the bail.
The court was told during a hearing in 2020 that those running away after getting bail stood at 6,428 in Haryana while those vanishing after getting the parole stood at 27,087. The bench said this is a serious situation and should be remedied.
Justice Kaul recalled that whenever he granted bail in a pending appeal, he put a condition that the person shall have to report to the local police station on the first Monday of every month. If that person does not report for one or two months, you can know that he or she has absconded. Otherwise, absconder may remain untraced for even 10 years. The judge said his decision at least gave a warning to police if the person has vanished from is radar.
In the course of the hearing, additional solicitor general S V Raju suggested some award to track down the person as that will encourage the common man to nab such absconders.
He, however, said it will be difficult to identify the absconding persons from the national portal since their number may exceed 50,000 and difficult for a common man to identify them, no matter if the culprits’ photograph is also put on the website. Raju, however, said it is a difficult task, but it will have to be started, may be state-wide and date-wise.
Justice Oka said normally a condition is put in the parole and bail orders that the person has to regularly report to the local police and as such they can be easily tracked down. Raju said the reporting in the local police station is not every day but only once a week.
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