Delhi Court extends interim bail to undertrial, directs to install AarogyaSetu2 min read

-Akshya Gurnani

A Delhi court has extended the interim bail to an undertrial with a direction that he installs the ‘AarogyaSetu’ app on his phone. The Court has also asked the undertrial to keep his GPS location and Bluetooth on at all times during the period of release. The order was passed by Additional Sessions Judge Naveen Kumar Kashyap. The accused, Manish Kumar was in custody in connection with an FIR for the commission of offences under Sections 307/452 of the Indian Penal Code.

He had applied for interim bail given the COVID-19 pandemic. While deciding the plea for interim bail, the Court noted that the present case was not covered by criteria laid down by the High Court for granting interim bail. The Court nonetheless considered the fact that the parents of the accused were old and his wife was diabetic and had blood pressure issues. As such his presence is required for the issue of livelihood of the family, the Court remarked.

While also noting that the accused had timely surrendered when he was earlier released on interim bail, the Court decided to extend interim bail to the accused for 30 days, in the interest of justice. The interim bail was conditional on the accused furnishing a personal bond and surety of Rs 30,000 each. The Court also directed the accused to, inter alia, not flee from justice, not tamper with evidence and to appear before the SHO concerned every Monday by sharing mobile location.

Additionally, the Delhi Court ordered, Applicant, is further directed to install ‘AarogyaSetu’ App on his mobile phone and will keep location, GPS as well as Bluetooth ON all the time during the period of such interim bail.
The application was accordingly disposed of. Manoj Garg was the APP for State. Advocate Pulkit Jain appeared for the undertrial.