ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday said that the courts grant bail in accordance with the law instead of any policy, as it dismissed a plea filed by an inmate who sought release due to a delay in his trial.
Mir Masood Sattar, who is in jail for the past one year over his alleged involvement in corrupt practices, had approached the court for bail, citing a delay in his trial. The petitioner pleaded that as a matter of policy due to coronavirus, the high courts are granting bail to the accused prisoners in the offences wherein sentence is not more than 10 years.
Upon this, the bench remarked that the courts grant bail in accordance with the law rather than any policy.
It may be noted here that the government has already expressed apprehensions over the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) decision to grant bail to at least 400 under-trial prisoners.
Justice Amin also questioned whether Italy, France, and the US released all prisoners due to coronavirus. The apex court ordered the government to conduct full screening of all prisoners as a precautionary measure.