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Tech To Track: Delhi High Court Asks Accused Released On Bail To Share Google Location With Police

NEW DELHI: In a landmark judgement which can help law enforcement agencies to track those released on bail, the Delhi High Court ordered the applicant released on bail to share his live Google location with the investigating officer.

In Chander Prakash @Pappu v State, the Delhi High Court granted interim bail to a man and ordered him to disclose his Google position with the police every other day so that the Investigating Officer (IO) is kept informed of his whereabouts.

The condition was imposed on Chander Prakash alias Pappu by a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Amit Bansal. The court ordered him to give the IO his phone number and not to switch it off or change it without alerting the officer.

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“The appellant shall telephonically call the IO concerned every alternate day at 11:00 a.m. to mark his presence. On each such occasion, the appellant shall drop a Google pin from his mobile phone to the IO concerned so as to inform the IO about the current location of the appellant,” read the court order.

The State’s status report was also reviewed by the Bench. According to the report, the individual was accused of being involved in five previous cases, but he was acquitted in all of them. The Court was also informed that in August 2011, he was pronounced a proclaimed offender in the current matter.

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As a result, the Court additionally ordered the man not to leave Delhi or engage in any illegal activity. He was also told not to contact any of the prosecution witnesses or the victim’s family members, or tamper with evidence.

“The appellant shall provide two local sureties of ₹25,000 each before the Trial Court. During this interim bail period, the sentence of the appellant shall remain suspended,” the Court further ordered.

The petitioner was represented by counsel Siddharth Yadav, while the state was represented by advocate Ashish Dutta.

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