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SC: Courts Should Pass Orders as Soon as Possible in Cases Involving Individual Liberties

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Shivani Thakur

Published on: June 23, 2022 at 15:37 IST

The Supreme Court has said that in a matter involving personal liberty, Court’s are expected to pass orders at the earliest in one way or the other taking into account the merits of the case.

The Apex Court, observed that posting an application seeking Anticipatory Bail after two months cannot be appreciated.

The Petitioner’s complaint, according to a vacation bench of Justices C.T. Ravikumar and Sudhanshu Dhulia, is that his motion for anticipatory bail, filed before the high court, was scheduled for August 31 without providing any temporary relief.

We are of the considered view that in a matter involving personal liberty, the court is expected to pass orders in one way or other taking into account the merits of the matter at the earliest. At any rate, posting an application for anticipatory bail after a couple of months cannot be appreciated,” the Bench said.

“If the main application could not be disposed of, for any reason, within the stipulated time, relief sought for in the interlocutory application shall be considered on its own merits. Till such time, we grant interim protection from arrest to the petitioner herein,” the Bench said, while disposing of the petition.

The Petitioner was requesting anticipatory bail in a case filed at a police station in New Delhi for the claimed offences, which included cheating and criminal conspiracy, according to the High Court’s ruling from June 2.

The High Court had given notice of the plea, and the State’s attorney had asked for more time to submit a status report. On August 31st, it had listed the situation.

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