The Maharishi School of Law of MUIT organized a ‘Guest Lecture’ virtually on the topic ‘Provisions of Bail in Criminal Trials and Philosophy underlying grant of bail’ for the B.A. LL.B, BBA LL.B and LL.B Students through Zoom platform. (29th April, 2021)

Chaired By:   Sh. Pushpendra Dhaka, Advocate, Delhi High Court, Dr. K.B .Asthana, Dean, MLS and Dr. Annu Bahl Mehra, Dy. Dean, MLS

A session on ‘Guest Lecture’ was conducted on the 29th of April, 2021 virtually by the Maharishi Law School. The session was attended by all the students of B.A. LL.B, BBA LL.B and LL.B of the School of Law. The aim was to conduct a guest lecture among the scholars and to disseminate information on the topic of “Provisions of Bail in Criminal Trials and Philosophy underlying grant of bail”. This guest lecture provided a great insight to the concept of bail and helped students understand the provisions in an easy manner. Special Thanks to Sh. Pushpendra Dhaka for delivering such a wonderful lecture on 29th April, 2021.

The key highlights of the lecture are:

  • The session was commenced by Student moderator, Harshit Kiran, a student of BBA LL.B 8th semester who gave a brief introduction about the Maharishi University of Information Technology and its rich & varied culture.
  • K. B. Asthana, Dean, MLS welcomed and facilitated the speaker with virtual memento. Further, he gave a brief introduction on the concept of bail, the classification of bailable and non-bailable offences and how in some cases bail is subject to judicial discretion. He also discussed how the provisions of bail are closely interlinked with Article 21 & Article 22 of the Constitution of India. He also mentioned denial of bail is denial of personal liberty in some of the cases.
  • Further, student moderator, Harshit Kiran, gave a brief about the guest speaker, Sh. Pushpendra Dhaka, Advocate, Delhi High Court and his experience of 16 years long advocacy.
  • Soon after this, the main session began and the keynote speaker started explaining the bail provisions mentioned in chapter 33 of Criminal Procedure Code , 1973 ( section 436-439). He briefly covered the law and supported his speech with numerous landmark judgments. He talked about the relevance of amendments made in the procedural law. Arnesh Kumar v. State of Bihar, Hussainara Khatoon v. State of Bihar, Sushila Agarwal v. State of NCT and Gurbaksh Singh Sibbia v. State of Punjab were some of the apex court judgments which Sh. Pushpendra Dhaka discussed. He also quoted one of the statements by Justice Krishnan Iyer in a judgment that bail is the rule and jail is the exception. Apart from this, he also mentioned the rule of default bail provided by Section 167 of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
  • Towards the end of the session, the speaker cited his personal incidents and emphasized on how to draft a bail application. The key features of a bail application according to him were that it should be precise and supplemented with a normal amount of judgments. He mentioned that one should clearly focus on the charge sheet and carefully make his/her arguments.
  • After the speaker concluded his lecture, the floor was kept open for questions. The panelists and the attendees made the session highly interactive.
  • Annu Bahl Mehra concluded the session with vote of thanks and appreciated the generosity of the speaker to accept the invitation and enlighten the students of law school.