The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government to explain as to why no steps were taken to prevent the assault on Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay lodged in the Kot Balwal jail in Jammu.
A bench headed by Justice RM Lodha, however, dismissed the plea to send Ranjay back to Pakistan.
The bench said he could not be sent back as he has not completed the jail term imposed on him for the offence committed.
"The respondents (the Centre and J&K government) shall explain as to why adequate steps were not taken in advance to avoid the physical assault on May 3 on prisoner Sanaullah," the bench said, issuing notices to the Centre and state. It was hearing Panthers Party chief Bhim Singh's application to send Ranjay back to Pakistan.
The bench expressed anguish over the assault, terming it a very serious matter and hoped similar incidents would not be repeated in future. It called for details on action taken against the errant jail officials.
On the question of Ranjay's repatriation, the bench said: "We have already said that he is a life convict and the question of his repatriation does not arise."