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38 years in jail without trial, bail

New Delhi: Taking suo motu cognisance of a news report about a 70-year-old man languishing in a jail in Faizabad for 38 years without trial, the Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and the registrar general of the Allahabad High Court. Jagjivan Ram Yadav is in jail since 1968 when he allegedly killed his neighbour’s wife. A trial court rejected his bail application, as all records relating to his case were missing from the police files. A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal, has now asked details from the UP government and Allahabad High Court Registrar General by next Monday.

In January, the apex court had awarded Rs 3,00,000 as compensation and a Rs 1,000 monthly stipend to a septuagenarian from Assam who was detained in a mental asylum for 54 years without trial.Machal Lalung, a resident of Mikir Chuburi village in Morigaon district, was arrested in 1951 for voluntarily causing grievous injuries and booked under Section 326 of the IPC. He was 23 at that time. He was apparently mentally unstable and hence detained in a mental asylum. But his case never came up for hearing and he had been languishing in the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Mental Hospital in Tezpur as an undertrial until being released in July 2005 on the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission.

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