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Petition filed in top court against ‘Aadhaar for bail’ in Chhattisgarh

The high court passed the order in the first week of January in order to curb the rampant submission of forged documents for bail.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2018 22:34 IST
Ritesh  Mishra
Ritesh Mishra
Hindustan Times, Raipur
Aadhaar,Chhattisgarh,Supreme Court
A special leave petition (SLP) has been filed in the Supreme Court in which a hearing is scheduled on January 25.(HT File Photo)

Challenging the Chhattisgarh high court’s order that has made the Aadhaar card mandatory for bail while examining papers submitted by an accused, a special leave petition (SLP) has been filed in the Supreme Court in which a hearing is scheduled on January 25.

The high court passed the order in the first week of January in order to curb the rampant submission of forged documents for bail. It further said that the release warrant will be issued only after proper verification of the identity of the accused and the surety he/she provides.

The concerned administrative staff and police officers will cooperate in the verification process, the order said. It also mentioned that if it is found that a document has been provided as surety in multiple cases over the same property, it should be rejected.

Piyush Bhatiya , in his petition, contended there are many prisoners who do not have an Aadhaar card and , the order violates their right to securing bail.

“The hearing on SLP is scheduled on January 25,” he said.

A high court lawyer, Satish Verma said, “This order is creating a problem due to the verification process. I believe there should be measures that verification of Aadhaar card could be done as soon as an accused files a bail petition so that it does not violate the order of Supreme Court.”

A senior police officer posted in Bastar, a Maoist-hit area, said it would be difficult to verify documents there. “It is not possible to verify each and every document in Bastar as we have to send forces to villages, which is practically not possible. Many villages are unreachable and many people still don’t have Aadhaar cards. I believe this will also increase red-tapism,” he said.

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 22:34 IST