Bombay HC refuses bail citing COVID-19 | The seeker had cited Corona Virus as reason for bail

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The Hush Post| 18:18 pm| one-minute-read|

An accused was refused bail in Mumbai because of Corona Virus. The Bombay High Court on Thursday refused temporary bail to a murder accused. It said it cannot allow him to be released and put him at the risk of contracting COVID-19.

The situation in jail was much better than that in the city of Mumbai. This what Justice GS Patel observed while hearing a bail plea filed by Jitendra Mishra. Mishra is a murder accused who is lodged in Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai for the last a-year-and-a-half.

Mishra, a resident of suburban Ghatkopar, had sought temporary bail citing the pandemic.

Justice Patel, who heard the plea through video conference, told Mishra’s lawyer Shailendra Singh that the applicant was “better off in jail”.

“You (applicant) have no idea what is happening in the city. The jail authorities are better equipped than the municipal authorities outside, especially in Worli Naka (central Mumbai). “Worli Naka is in a mess,” the judge said.

The high court further said that it was aware of the direction given by the Supreme Court that wherever possible prisoners should be released. However, it also needed to consider the situation in the city.

“The situation in the city does not warrant the release of the applicant. Several areas in the city are under severe lockdown. Hence, I cannot let a man leave Taloja jail and go to Ghatkopar and risk getting infected with coronavirus and also endanger others,” Justice Patel said.

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