//Apex court takes up cause of man jailed for 38 years

Apex court takes up cause of man jailed for 38 years

New Delhi | February 07, 2006 1:15:16 AM IST
The case of a man who has been held in a jail in Uttar Pradesh for 38 years without trial was Monday taken up by the Supreme Court, which sought details of the matter from the state government.

A bench of Chief Justice Y.K. Sabharwal and judge C.K. Thakker, taking cognisance of reports about the man named Jagjivan Ram Yadav that appeared in several newspapers Monday, issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government.

According to the media reports, 70-year-old Yadav of Faizabad district had spent 38 years in jail without his case coming up for trial. His bail plea too was rejected, since all records pertaining to him were missing from police files.

The trial court in Uttar Pradesh could neither grant him bail nor expeditiously take up charges against him for trial because no records existed.

We The Citizens, a group of lawyers devoted to espousing citizens’ rights, Monday said it would move the Uttar Pradesh High Court to seek relief for Yadav, who was booked for allegedly murdering his neighbour’s wife in 1968 when he was 32 years old.