Undertrial ‘drug smuggler’ roams free after expiry of interim bail

April 13th, 2009 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Monday asked the Tihar Jail authorities why an undertrial alleged drug peddler was not arrested after his interim bail lapsed Feb 28.
Justice S. Muralidhar asked the prison authorities why the “blunder” was committed and directed them to reply by April 15, the next date of hearing.

The court was hearing a bail application of Satpal Juneja who was caught allegedly smuggling heroin to Dubai from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in 2001.

Earlier this year, Juneja approached the Delhi High Court seeking interim bail on health grounds, which was granted to him for a period of one month. His bail expired Feb 28.

However Feb 26, Juneja approached the court seeking extension of the bail that was rejected by the court saying his medical records showed nothing wrong.

Juneja was Feb 27 admitted to a hospital. The next day he moved an application in the trial court saying he wants to surrender. The court took note of his plea and asked the jail authorities to arrest him. But they failed to do so.

Juneja has now approached the high court contending since he was not arrested despite surrendering he should be granted a regular bail.

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