The Supreme Court has ordered the release of several mentally challenged undertrials languishing in jails and hospitals for years. It has also directed the closure of the cases.
The bench perused a list of 377 cases, some without trial for over 30 years, and accepted the suggestions of senior advocates Vijay Hansaria and P.K. Goswami who are assisting the court.
Cases against those “mentally unfit offenders” who have been in custody longer than the maximum punishment prescribed for the offence allegedly committed by them shall be closed.
Monica seeks permission to act
Monica Bedi has moved Supreme Court seeking permission to act, saying she has been receiving offers. She urged the court to modify its May 17 bail order, which restrains her from leaving her permanent residence at Chabbowal village in Punjab.
Snub for Swamy on Setu plea
The Supreme Court has refused to entertain Janata Party chief Subramaniam Swamy’s plea to quash the Committee of Eminent Citizens that is examining the conflicting contentions on the Setusamudram project.
Lalu assets case
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and wife Rabri Devi moved the Supreme Court challenging a Patna High Court order allowing the Bihar government’s plea to hear its appeal against their acquittal in a disproportionate assets case.
With inputs from PTI