The delhi high Court has granted bail to journalist Rajeev Sharma who was arrested for allegedly leaking sensitive information to Chinese Intelligence. The court observed that accused is entitled to bail if chargesheet is not filed in 60 days and if no minimum sentences is prescribed under the statute of the offence alleged against him.
Rajeev had earlier moved a petition seeking for bail on the ground that 60 days period has expired since his arrest and charge sheet not been filed by the state. Petition was magistrate on the ground that the time period of filling the charge sheet in that offence would be 90 days.
Justice Yogesh Khanna while considering the revision Petition, referred the judgement of Rajeev Chaudhary vs. State of NCT of Delhi and Rakesh Kumar Paul vs. State of Assam and observed sec 167(2) would not mean that imprisonment should be of 10 years or more. Whereas 167(2) (a) (ii) will apply and the accused will be entitled to grant of default bail after 60 days in case charge sheet is not filed. Thus, the court granted default bail to Rajeev Sharma by directing him to execute Rs. 1,00,000/- to the satisfaction of the Jail Superintendent.