One Day Sensitization Programme on “Speedy Disposal of Bail and Anticipatory Bail” was organized for all the District Judges of Uttar Pradesh and 104 Additional District Judges of Uttar Pradesh on 15th May, 2023 at Judicial Training and Research Institute, U.P.,Vineet Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.
Valedictory Session of above mentioned training programme took place in the evening of 15th May, 2023 at Judicial Training & Research Institute, U.P., Vineet Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.
The Chief Guest of the Valedictory Session was Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pritinker Diwaker, Chief Justice, Allahabad High Court and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya, Senior Judge, Allahabad High Court at Lucknow and Chairman, Supervisory Committee, JTRI was the Guest of Honour. Hon’ble Mr. Justice P.K. Srivastava, Former Judge, Allahabad High Court and Chairman, Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission also addressed the participants, Hon’ble Judges of Allahabad High Court, Lucknow bench were also present, on the occasion.
The Chief Guest of the Valedictory Session Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pritinker Diwaker, Chief Justice, Allahabad High Court addressed the participating officers and said that social pattern of crime should be considered while disposing off bail applications or even the case itself.
While giving example of Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh, the Chief Justice said that the situation in Uttar Pradesh is different from these two States as murder in committed in U.P. by the use of local weapon – Katta, while in Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh, murders are committed with the home-made weapons such as Lathi, Danda, Kulhari.
The Chief Justice appealed to the participants in general and District Judges in particular to keep their perspective positive as false implications cannot be ruled out. He emphasized overall implications of a crime and its analysis in judicial assessment.
He emphasized on visiting jails in view of the rules required so as to understand the plight of the prisoners in the State. A Judge must have empathy while considering any matter as it is an essential part of justice delivery system.
Hon’ble Mrs. Justice Sunita Agarwal, Senior Judge, Allahabad High Court addressed the participants through virtual mode and said that the issues relating to grant or refusal of bail are serious issues as these effect personal liberties enshrined in the Constitution. Judicial Officers particularly District Judges need to be more alert and sensitive to bail matters as District Judges play a leadership role in the particular district. She expressed hope that this sensitization programme will create a new zeal in the participants to work more pro-actively and ensure strict compliance of the directions that have come in the recent past from the Apex Court.
She also hoped that huge number of cases will be disposed off in the coming Lok Adalat and she extended her best wishes for the forthcoming Lok Adalat.
Guest of Honour, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya, Senior Judge, Allahabad High Court at Lucknow and Chairman, Supervisory Committee, JTRI said that the purpose of this programme is to sensitize the judicial officers in the context of bail and anticipatory bail as you all are well read in law. He said that the directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court in Satendra Kumar Antil v. CBI& Another, (2023) 1 SCC (Crl.) 1 should be complied in later and spirit.
The need for this sensitization programme arose so as to ensure strict compliance of the directions of Supreme Court that have come very recently. The emphasis of Hon’ble Supreme Court is to ensure protection of personal liberty and right to freedom of citizens. It is the duty of senior judicial officers, particularly District Judges to sensitize their junior officers in their respective districts to follow the law as declared by the Apex Court. He emphasized on strict compliance of the directions given in different judgments of the Supreme Court.
He further said that not granting bail to a deserving person is equivalent to granting bail to a non-deserving person. He appealed to the participants to be liberal and sensitive towards the bail matters only to the extent required in the directions of Hon’ble Apex Court.
Hon’ble Mr. Justice P.K. Srivastava, Former Judge, Allahabad High Court and Chairman, Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission said on the occasion that the focus of Satendra Kumar Antil judgment is on protection of personal liberty of those who are apprehending arrest and the judgment emphasizes on interim bail in appropriate cases. The judgment also includes directions to the police authorities as well as their controlling and regulating authorities to ensure strict compliance of not only directions in this judgment but also those directions given in Arnesh Kumar judgment. He appealed to the participants to ensure compliance of the directions as that not only involves personal liberty of the person apprehending arrest but also relates to the broader principles of innocence of the accused and fair trial principles.
In the Valedictory Session, Sri Pramod Kumar Srivastava, Principal Secretary, Law and L.R., Government of Uttar Pradesh, Sri Rajeev Bharti, Registrar General, Allahabad High Court, Sri Vivek, Senior Registrar, Allahabad High Court at Lucknow and other Members of Registry were also present.
Sri Vinod Singh Rawat, Director of the Institute welcomed the Chief Guest and Sri Kushalpal, Additional Director of the Institute extended the Vote of Thanks. Dr. H.R. Khan, Addl. Director (Research), JTRI compered the programme.