New Delhi, Jun 29 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today rejected the bail application filed by a man allegedly involved in the Maoist Movement and arrested by the police a decade ago stating that the Court can only pass orders for expedite the trial proceedings.
A Supreme Court Bench comprising Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice R. Subhash Reddy, and Justice S. Ravindra Bhatt rejected the bail plea of one D. Kesava Rao who is charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for offences of murder, waging war, collection of arms, rioting, unlawful assembly, dacoity, tresspass, carrying explosives, cheating, read with sections 25(1-A)/27 of Arms Act, under Section- 3 of Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP) Act, under Section-3 of Explosive Substances Act and under section 7 of Criminal Amendment Act.
During the hearing today Counsel for the petitioner submitted that according to the prosecution story, the accused is connected with the Maoist Movement. He further submitted that the petitioner has been in custody for the last 10 years and that the State Government should be compassionate to him.
Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that the court can pass orders to expedite the trial. He further said that the trial should be complete by December 2021.
The Counsel for the petitioner then said that the High Court has passed similar orders two years ago and had directed the trial should be completed within four months and still nothing has happened.
Justice Chandrachud after hearing the counsel directed that the trial shall be concluded within 6 months. While rejecting the bail application, the court said, “In the facts and circumstances we are not inclined to grant bail. The trial should be completed on or before Dec 31, 2021. The Supreme Court directed the trial court judge to submit the report before the Registrar General of this court when the trial is complete.”ILNS/AR/KR/SNG