News UpdatesDelhi HC Further Extends The Interim Bail Granted to 2177 Undertrial Prisoners For a Period of 45 Days [Read Order] Karan Tripathi9 May 2020 10:07 AMShare This – xIn a suo moto matter, the Delhi High Court has extended the interim bail granted to Under Trial Prisoners (UTPs) for a period of 45 days in light of the continuing COVID19 pandemic. The Division Bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Talwant Singh approved the recommendation given by the High Powered Committee wherein it was pointed out that the interim bail granted to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a suo moto matter, the Delhi High Court has extended the interim bail granted to Under Trial Prisoners (UTPs) for a period of 45 days in light of the continuing COVID19 pandemic. The Division Bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Talwant Singh approved the recommendation given by the High Powered Committee wherein it was pointed out that the interim bail granted to 2177 UTPs shall be extended for 45 more days as the COVID19 crisis is still continuing. The High Powered Committee was constituted by the Delhi Government upon the direction given by the Supreme Court to decongest the prisons in Delhi, in light of the COVID19 pandemic. In light of the periodical directions of this committee, as well as the directions given by the High Court in the case of Shobha Gupta v. Union of India, 2177 Under Trial Prisoners (UTPs) were released on interim bail for a period of 45 days from the date of their respective release. On May 05, the High Powered Committee said period of 45 days in respect of some UTPs is going to expire on 09.05.2020 and for others it shall expire in coming days of May, 2020 and in the first week of June, 2020 but situation of the pandemic is still the same and the Central Government has already extended the Lock Down to 17.05.2020 and it may not be possible to predict definite date for resumption of normal functioning of Court system. In light of this, the committee was of the opinion that interim bail so granted to 2177 UTPs by respective CMMs/MMs needs to be extended for a further period of 45 days. Since it wouldn’t have been practical for each and every UTP to to approach the Magistrate individually to seek this relief, the committee was of the opinion that the same should be operationalised by a judicial order of the High Court. Mr Sandeep Goel, Director General (Prisons), and Mr Rahul Mehra (Standing Counsel, Delhi Government) also expressed their approval for the said extension of 45 days. While approving the recommendation of the High Powered Committee, and extending the interim bail of 2177 UTPs by 45 more days, the court noted that: ‘Director General (Prisons) shall ensure that this order is conveyed to all the 2177 UTPs by telephone, as well as, through all other available modes. Ld. Member Secretary, DSLSA shall coordinate with DG (Prisons) in this regard.’Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A street sweeper was arrested for drunken driving, state police said. (Photo credit: New York State Police)An “erratic” driving street sweeper was arrested for drunken driving Thursday night following a low-speed chase on the Southern State Parkway, state police said. Following a five-minute pursuit between Exits 22 and 26, Jerry Mitchell, 48, of Brooklyn was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI. His blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, state police said in a news release. State police began receiving reports of an “erratic street sweeper” traveling east on the Southern State Parkway just before 8 p.m. on New Year’s Day. A trooper found the vehicle near Exit 22 and tried to pull it over, but the driver allegedly fled, continuing eastbound at 35 miles per hour, police said. The trooper pursued the vehicle for about five minutes until it came to a stop west of Exit 26 and the driver surrendered, police said. Mitchell was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation along with other unspecified traffic infractions. He was transported to Nassau County detention, where he was held for a Friday morning arraignment.
The international community was supposed to convene again to review its commitments at the 26th session of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) in Glasgow, Scotland, in November, but the swift and sudden spread of COVID-19 pushed the summit back to 2021.Although most countries including Indonesia are heavily focused on the viral outbreak response, “there is still much to do” in preparation for the next COP meeting next year, said Nur Masripatin, senior adviser to the environment and forestry minister.Nur said the ministry must still prepare an environmental road map document and legal framework, but also help other agencies prepare in accordance with the pledges outlined in the rehashed NDC. She said her office was also preparing the country’s Long-Term Strategy for Low-Carbon Climate Resilience (LTS-LCCR) to target net zero emissions by 2050.Even with a lot on its plate, Nur said the government was expecting progress on some of its NDC target pledges, particularly in the energy sector where the B30 biodiesel mandate was launched. As the recently updated draft of Indonesia’s climate action commitments under the Paris Agreement awaits government approval, activists worry the reworked pledge might not be ambitious enough for one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) is a pledge made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to cut down on emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.After inviting environmental groups, experts and public officials in February to weigh in on its reworked NDC pledge, Indonesia decided to keep its previous pledge to reduce emissions by 29 percent independently – or 41 percent with international assistance – by 2030, a carbon copy of the target outlined in its first NDC submission in 2016. Under the B30 program, the government will impose the mandatory use of 30 percent oil palm-based blended biodiesel fuel to help lower fossil fuel imports and increase foreign exchange. It is also planning to make 50 percent blended biodiesel fuel mandatory by 2021.The energy sector is poised to become Indonesia’s second-largest contributor of greenhouse gas reductions, making up 11 percent of all targeted reductions after the forestry sector (17.2 percent).Greenpeace Indonesia has criticized the updated NDCs as not ambitious enough, underscoring the decision not to increase the emissions reduction target. Its climate and energy researcher, Dila Isfandari, suggested that any failure to do so would be reflected in more tangible consequences.“Indonesia won’t be able to save its people from the climate crisis [even with the current NDCs]. Even a rise of 1 degree Celsius in global temperatures drastically increased the frequency of hydrometeorological disasters,” Dila told The Jakarta Post.Government data even confirms this trend. According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the rising trend of natural disasters has continued from year to year, from 1,967 cases in 2014 to 3,721 cases in 2019.According to the Climate Action Tracker, a website that analyzes government climate actions and measures them against the Paris Agreement goals, Indonesia’s current NDCs will be “highly insufficient” as with it global warming would reach 3 to 4 degree Celsius, above the 1.5 degree Celsius threshold.A World Resources Institute study in 2015 suggested that, if Indonesia continues implementing existing measures, its 2030 carbon dioxide emissions from the land use and energy sectors will overshoot the target associated with the country’s unconditional commitment to a 29 percent reduction.“Reducing emissions to meet Indonesia’s conditional target of a 41 percent reduction below business-as-usual levels would require even stronger efforts, including extending the […] forest moratorium, restoring degraded peatland, implementing energy conservation programs, and pursuing mitigation measures for other sectors and gases,” WRI researchers wrote in the study.The ministry was advised not to reduce its emissions reduction target after a public consultation in February with environmental groups and other stakeholders, including the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.“The important principle is that the updated NDC must progress beyond existing commitments, meaning that we aren’t allowed to lower our ambitions to reduce emissions,” Nur said in a virtual discussion on Monday.Environmental studies scholar Gusti Anshari of Tanjungpura University said that the updated NDCs will, even if approved, require new regulations to be passed before they can be implemented.In the meantime, he said, the government should figure out a way to “attain our NDC target, whether it be mitigation or adaptation”.Topics :