SC grants bail to Faizabad jail undertrial

The court granted bail to a 70-year old man who has been languishing in a Faizabad jail for the last 38 years without trial.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 16:16 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to a 70-year old man who has been languishing in a Faizabad jail for the last 38 years without trial.

"We direct that he (Jagjivan Ram Yadav) shall be released on bail forthwith on his furnishing a personal bond," a division Bench, headed by Chief Justice YK Sabharwal, said.

The Bench also issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and Chief Medical Superintendent, Mental Asylum, Varanasi, directing them to place on record the relevant material concerning the case.

On February 6 taking suo moto cognisance of a news report in this regard, the apex court issued notices to the state government and the Registrar General of Allahabad High Court asking them to file replies by Monday.

Yadav is in jail since 1968 when he allegedly killed his neighbour's wife. His bail application has been rejected by the trial court as all records relating to his case were missing from the police files.

In the absence of documents relating to Yadav's case, the trial court is not in a position to grant him bail or expedite the criminal proceedings against him.

His case came to light in July last year when the prison authorities approached the trial court to know his status as an undertrial.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 16:16 IST