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SC: It is not necessary to give detailed reasons while granting bail to the court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said it is not necessary for the court to give detailed reasons while granting bail, especially when the matter is at a preliminary stage and the offense committed by the accused is not explained.

The Supreme Court made the above observation while hearing an appeal against the order of the Patna High Court granting bail to the accused in a murder case.

A bench headed by Justice L Nareswara Rao said the reasons for granting bail cannot be given in such detail as to make it appear that the accused in that case would be punished or acquitted.

The top court said the nature of the charges leveled against the accused, the severity of conviction and punishment on conviction, reasonable apprehension of the witnesses being affected, tampering with evidence, prior criminal history of the accused, charges against the accused, A balance has to be struck between prima facie satisfaction.

Supreme Court said, what is your language and you become a journalist

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea filed by a journalist challenging his conviction and a one-month jail sentence against a lawyer for writing defamatory articles in his weekly Kannada newspaper.

A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant, and Hima Kohli referred to the language used by DS Vishwanath Shetty and said that he deserves more punishment.

Dismissing the appeal against the sentence, the bench said, “Look what kind of language you have used and you claim yourself to be a journalist! This is completely yellow journalism. We have to protect the lawyers too.

“They (the high court and the lower court) have shown great leniency by giving only one month’s sentence,” the bench said. You deserve more than this.

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