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[Covid-19]: SC dismisses petition against refusal of anticipatory bail, grants four weeks protection

The SC on July 08, 2020 {KAMAL PRAKASH JAIN vs THE STATE OF MADHYA PRADESH} held that it is not inclined to interfere with the impugned order passed by the High Court whereby the High Court dismissed the second application for anticipatory bail filed by the petitioner.

It was however held by the Bench, comprising of Justice N.V. RAMANA, Justice SURYA KANT & Justice KRISHNA MURARI, that taking into consideration the present covid situation, it grants four weeks’ time to the petitioner to surrender before the concerned trial court and file an application for regular bail. It was held that if such an application is filed by the petitioner, the trial court is directed to consider and dispose of the same in accordance with law expeditiously.

The SC held that for a period of four weeks, no coercive action shall be taken against the petitioner. However, the SC directed the petitioner to co-operate with the investigation. As a sequel the special leave petition stood dismissed by the SC.

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