Expedite the criminal proceedings of undertrials – Jharkhand | Stan Swamy
Persecuted Prisoners’ Solidarity Committee (PPSC), a platform of Lawyers, Activists and socially committed persons moves the High Court to expedite the criminal proceedings long pending before various criminal courts in the state against the hundreds of tribal, Dalit and other marginalized communities youth in the State of Jharkhand implicated under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 and 17 Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908. The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) where Stan Swamy, a known social activist centred at Ranchi is the first petitioner, presents the pathetic situation of the undertrials due to the snail pace at which the criminal proceedings happen in the state especially in the case of victims of/ crusaders against the state repression.
The Writ Petition (PIL) having number WP (PIL) No. 4212/2017 is a result of almost two years long research where a report was published by Bagaicha, a social action centre. This PIL focuses on the undue delay caused by the apparent malafide actions of the state. Hearing the petition and considering the valid the points raised by the counsel for the petitioner Mr Deepak Kumar the Division Bench consisting of the Acting Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court gave direction to the Secretary, Home department or/and the Inspector General, Prisons that a list of prisoners languishing in all the jails of the state be furnished by 29th of January, 2018 when the PIL will be heard next. The respondents in the PIL were also directed to file reasons for undue delay caused by prolonged trial or pending due to the state delay in obtaining necessary sanction required for the trial in the criminal proceedings mentioned in the PIL.