“Bail is rule, jail is exception”

Many Supreme Court and High Court judgments contain this observation. Justice VR Krishna Iyer said thus in State Of Rajasthan vs Balchand @ Baliay AIR 1977 SC  2447. Last year, in Arnab Manoranjan Goswami v. State of Maharashtra 2021 (2) SCC 427, Justice DY Chandrachud (now CJI) commented about the judgment in Balchand (supra) [Notice the footnote particularly ]  

This Court, time and time again has held that jail is the exception and grant of bail is the rule, and in such a scenario, the conditions imposed on bail must not be unreasonable, the Supreme Court observed in Guddan @ Roop Narayan vs State Of Rajasthan 2023 LiveLaw (SC) 45.

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