There has been an unprecedented increase in regular bail applications due to the imposition of prohibition in Bihar.
The Patna High Court has told the Supreme Court that there has been an unprecedented increase in bail applications due to the imposition of prohibition in the state and about 25 per cent of the regular bail petitions are being filed only under the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act. The High Court observed that it is working with less than half its sanctioned strength and due to increase in the filing of bail applications, there is delay in disposal of regular bail petitions.
Bail applications piled up
The High Court informed the apex court that at present there are 39,622 bail applications, including 21,671 advance and 17,951 regular bail applications, pending before the prescribed benches. Besides, 36,416 fresh bail applications, including 20,498 anticipatory and 15,918 regular bail applications, are yet to be considered. On January 11, a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana had in another case dismissed a batch of petitions by the Bihar government challenging the grant of anticipatory and regular bail to the accused under the state's stringent liquor law. .
A bench of Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice Abhay S Oka, dealing with the application of 25 per cent regular bail, on prohibition of imprisonment for a long time due to delay in pendency of bail applications before the High Court and delay in hearing of bail applications of undertrials. expressed serious concern. The court sought suggestions from the parties to the case and advocate Shoaib Alam, who was present in the court. There has been an unprecedented increase in regular bail applications due to the imposition of prohibition in Bihar. Roughly 25% of regular bail applications are coming under the Bihar Excise Act. The Patna High Court has said in its affidavit that this has delayed the disposal of regular bail petitions.