The Chief Justice revealed the same after Senior Advocate Asim Pandya mentioned a matter today and stated that the practice of judges issuing rule nisi in bail applications and then adjourning the matter for hearing after two or more weeks, needs to be reconsidered.
Senior Advocate Yatin Oza too said that as per High Court rules, bail cases should be heard within 48 hours.
At this, the Chief Justice pointed out that she is already concerned about the issue and has fixed a meeting with the State’s Advocate General (AG) Kamal Trivedi and Public Prosecutor (PP) Mitesh Amin.
“You don’t worry. I am already working on this issue. I have fixed a meeting on October 3 with the AG and PP and will be taking up this with them. I too want to do away with this practice and I am taking this issue very seriously,” Chief Justice Agarwal told the senior advocate.
The CJ further pointed out that the Gujarat High Court Rules mandate the public prosecutors to argue bail matters within 24 hours of its filing if it arises from Ahmedabad city and within 48 hours if it arises from other districts.
“It is not as if the matters are heard on the first day itself. Sometimes they even get adjourned giving more time for the prosecutors to prepare for their arguments. I spoke to the PP but I did not got any positive response from the PP office and thus I will speak to the AG now,” the Chief Justice pointed out.