High Court denies request for bail in a case of GST evasion to the tune of Rs. 20 crores (approx.) under section 132 of GST Act 2017, in light of the prevalent conditions of spread of COVID-19 virus, in a case of Rajinder Bassi and others vs. State of Punjab dated April 17, 2020.
The spirit of directions as issued by Supreme Court vide order dated 23.02.2020 and as clarified vide order dated 13.4.2020 is as follows:
- Prevent overcrowding of prisons by decongestion of prisons,
- Severity of the offence and other relevant factors, would be the guiding factors for taking decision and
- SC’s directions are not to be interpreted as to mean that the prisoners have to be compulsorily released from prisons.
HC also directed that the Superintendent, Jail would ensure that that all the required cautions and safeguards are duly adhered to whenever any new inmate is admitted to jail and would get him/her medically examined and keep him/her segregated from other inmates atleast for a period of 14 days.