Bail hearings shouldn’t go longer than 10 minutes: Supreme Court

On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that judges should not hear bail requests for more than ten minutes. The time of the court is wasted when hearings on bail drag on for days, a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and AS Oka ruled.

The Court stated today that when bail matters are thoroughly heard as though the Court is considering a final appeal against conviction, such views tend to slip into the ruling.

The comments were made during a hearing on a petition filed by Sharjeel Imam, a student at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), asking the Supreme Court to strike down remarks made about him by the Delhi High Court in its decision to deny bail to co-accused Umar Khalid in the Delhi Riots Conspiracy case.

This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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