Directions to install Water Harvesting/Recharge System as a bail condition: Madhya Pradesh High Court

A unique direction has been given by Justice Anand Pathak of the Gwalior Bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court asking the bail applicants to install Water Harvesting System or Water Recharge System in his/her house or wherever he/she is residing.

In the month of July, approximately 32 bail orders has been passed in which the Judge pointed out that: “looking to the fact that water is depleting day by day and this area is anticipated to come under Zero-Day zone” and therefore directed to: “install Water Harvesting System or Water Recharge System in his/her lodge/house in which he/she is residing, within one/two/three month from the date of the order, if he/she has not installed the system already.” Applicants not only have to install the same in their respective houses but also are required to maintain the system for the rest of their lives.

The applicants are required to take necessary permissions required from the authorities and in turn they will have to help the applicant in the installation process. After the installation is done, the applicant is required to submit a report and compliance certificate (if required) including photographs in this regard before the registry of this Court, which shall be placed before this Court under the caption “Direction”. Planting of samplings, asking the neighbour to tie Rakhi being an accused for outraging the modesty, registering as COVID-Warrior and work in COVID-19 Disaster Management, etc are few other interesting Bail conditions which have been imposed by the Madhya Pradesh High Court in the near past.

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