Gowda Urges Law Panel to Explore ‘Uniform’ Bail Act Bail(s) should not be a matter of discretion (of judges). A poor person should be treated at par with the rich
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come under severe criticism from a cross-section of society,” he had said. “Therefore, the bail system as it is practiced in India may have to be studied in detail and major revamp may have to be brought in.”
A senior official of the law ministry, requesting anonymity, told ET, “Bail(s) should not be a matter of discretion (of the judges). A poor person should be treated at par with a rich or an influential person when it comes to grant of bail. And that is possible only when there are specific guidelines laid down for grant of bail.”
Another benefit of this, the person said, will be “that the judges would be required to give reasons for denying bail which would benefit an accused or an undertrial in challenging the order before an appellate court”.
“Since at present bail is a matter of discretion (of the judges) the accused virtually has no cogent reason to immediately move in appeal against the denial of bail,” the person said.
The law ministry has told the Law Commission to submit a report after detailed examination of the subject.