After the chargesheet, the guidelines have been set in the matter of bail. The Supreme Court has laid down guidelines for grant of bail after chargesheet against those accused who were not arrested during the investigation and had fully cooperated with the investigating agency during the investigation. The Supreme Court has said that in cases where there is a provision of punishment up to seven years, the arrest has not been made during the investigation and if the accused has cooperated during the investigation, then the court will issue summons in his name after the charge sheet. It is referred to as A category. The accused may appear in person or through a lawyer. In case of non-appearance, the court can issue a bailable warrant. Non-bailable warrant may be issued if he does not appear after bailable warrant. Then, on being produced in the court, interim bail can be granted during the hearing of the bail application or it can be taken in custody till the application is decided. On the other hand, in category B, the case of life imprisonment and death sentence or punishment of more than seven years has been kept. Similarly, economic offense has been placed in Category D. In these cases, after the chargesheet, the merit will be decided on the filing of bail application. Also, in the case of money laundering to NDPS and illegal activities in Category C, the decision on the bail application will be based on the merit of the case.
[Attribution to NBT]