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Madhya Pradesh High Court sets digital detoxification as condition for bail

Updated: Aug 9, 2020

While granting bail to an accused, a student of Agricultural Science, the Gwalior Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court imposed a condition of complete digital detoxification for a period of two months. 

The bail application was heard by a single judge bench of Justice Anand Pathak in the case of Harendra Tyagi v. State of Madhya Pradesh. The bail application was filed by the accused, Harendra Tyagi, an eighteen years old student of Agricultural Science. The accused was in custody since June 24 and has been charged under Sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 294 (obscene acts and songs), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 327 (voluntarily causing hurt to extort property or to constrain to an illegal act) and 329 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt to extort property or to constrain to an illegal act) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. 

In addition to the general conditions, Justice Anand Pathak laid down certain special conditions while granting bail as mentioned below:

  1. The accused will have to exit all social media groups and will have to digitally detoxify himself from Facebook, Whatsapp and all other social media platforms for personal use or otherwise. In case of any default the bail will stand revoked.

  2. The applicant will have to submit monthly reports of his digital detoxification at the concerned police station. Any default will amount to revocation of bail.

  3. The applicant will have to plant five trees, take good care of them and nurture them dutifully. Further, within 30 days s report is to be submitted with photographs of the plants.

  4. Downloading of Arogya Setu app.

  5. Applicant shall complete his study of Pre-Agriculture Test (PAT).

This is not the first time that Madhya Pradesh High Court has imposed such conditions on granting of bail. In June 2020 the court issued a direction to a person accused of assault and outraging modesty of a woman to request her to tie a rakhi.






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