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On December 11, the Supreme Court highlighted its deep concerns  regarding the sluggishness in the High Courts’ processing of anticipatory  bail and regular bail petitions. The court emphasized that despite the  Supreme Court’s prior directives, the delay in listing and resolving these  applications significantly impacts the personal freedoms of individuals  seeking immediate relief. 

Supreme court firmly believe that an ambiguous order concerning  anticipatory bail or regular bail, especially after the case has been  accepted, will inevitably cause delays in properly assessing the  application. delay poses a serious threat to an individual’s liberty.  Considering these factors, the Court has emphasized that cases  affecting personal freedom must be promptly addressed. It’s concerning  that despite multiple directives, this situation persists. 

Therefore, the court urge the respected Single Judge of the High Court  to promptly and fairly decide the pending anticipatory bail application  based on its merits and in accordance with the law. It also suggested  that this be completed within a period of four weeks from the receipt or  presentation of this Order. During this time, court grant temporary  protection against arrest to the petitioner. It’s important to clarify that  this interim protection should not influence the consideration of the  petitioner’s bail application, which will be assessed independently.  Given the recurring nature of such situations in various courts, a copy of  this order should be sent by the Registry to the Learned Registrar  General and all relevant parties of the High Courts. This action aims to  ensure the swift listing of bail applications and anticipatory bail  applications. 

Thus the Special Leave Petition stand was disposed.

Written by Samruddhi Kulkarni from ILS Law College pune (BA.LL.B), intern under legal vidhiya

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