Events : Economic, Development & Social Issues

Panel Discussion on "Bail Not Jail : How undertrial detention is one of India's most ignored problems"

Held on Wednesday, 12th July, 2017 at 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre had organized a Panel Discussion on "Bail Not Jail: How undertrial detention is one of India's most ignored problems" on 12th July, 2017 at 6.30 PM. Panelists were Mr. Murali Karnam, Mr. Vetrimaaran, Mr. Kuchanna Srinivasan and Ms. Leah Verghese. Event was moderated by Ms. Asmita Basu.

India’s Law Commission says that bail should be granted unless the accused is at risk of absconding. The Supreme Court says bail not jail should be the default option. But is this viable and how does it help a population of 280,000 undertrials, 2/3rd of India’s jail population? The discussion centred
around Amnesty International India’s briefing on undertrial detention across the country’s district and central jails and will focus on several aspects of undertrial detention including poor legal aid, bail and arbitrary arrests and early release under Section 436A of CrPC.

Most of the Q & A session was dominated by the concern expressed by the members of the audience about the sad plight of pre-trial prisoners who were often unable to exercise their legal and constitutional rights. It was agreed that it was the Judiciary which could have a restraining influence on the executive exercising this power arbitrarily.

Event was well attended.