Virtual courts grant 34,000 bails in 19 days

Nearly 34,000 people have secured bail from the virtual courts across the country in 19 working days during the countrywide lockdown that has been enforced to curb the Covid-19.

Supreme Court spokesperson and Special Officer of the High Court Division Barrister Md Saifur Rahman confirmed the information adding that during the period of time, over 63,000 bail petitions were disposed of in the virtual courts.

He said that the lower courts and tribunals across the country granted bail to the 34,850 people, who were in detention in various jails of the country, in 19 working days from April 12 to May 9. Most of the prisoners have already been released from jails in different districts, he added.

According to him, the lower courts and the tribunal disposed of a total of 63,109 bail petitions in the time and granted bail to the nearly 34,000 people.

He also said that the lower courts and the tribunal have been continuing hearing and disposing of cases virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

The virtual court functions began on April 12 following enforcement of countrywide lockdown in order to deal with the urgent cases during the Covid-19 situation.    

The regular activities of Appellate Division and High Court Division of the Supreme Court also remained closed due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. However, some benches of the High Court are running virtually during the Covid-19 pandemic.