A total of 608 children accused in criminal caseswere granted bail from the lower courts across the country in 35 working days, and 583 of them have been handed over to their guardians after release from three Shishu Unnayan Kendra (children development centres), Supreme Court sources said today.
A total of 49,750 people, including the 608 children, have secured bail from the lower courts during this period.
The lower courts have granted bail to 4,960 people, including 37 children, after holding virtual hearings on their bail petitions in five working days last week, added sources.
More than 300 courts have granted bail to the accused after holding virtual hearings of the petitions filed by them seeking bail in the cases against them.
The subordinate courts have disposed of a total of 95,523 petitions filed by the accused, seeking bail in the cases against them.
Between June 28 and July 2, the courts have disposed of a total 10,866 bail petitions and granted bail to 4,960 accused, according to sources.
Most of the accused who were granted bail have already been released from jail.
The virtual court functions began on May 11 after a gap of 46 days in order to deal with the urgent cases.
The regular activities of courts across the country including Appellate and High Court Divisions of the Supreme Court remained closed since March 26 due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
On May 10, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain issued some directives for the courts about dealing with urgent cases using information and communication technology during the ongoing closure.