The Delhi High Court has said the upgradation of Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital near Tihar Jail was essential to stop prison inmates from going to other hospitals in the city for treatment.
"Upgradation of the hospital is required to stop the inmates from going to various other hospitals for treatment," said a bench of justice Gita Mittal and justice VK Shali, while examining an Army medical board report on repeated visits of Nitish Katara murder case convicts Vikas and Vishal Yadav to various hospitals from Tihar.
"It is in public interest that facilities are made available to the undertrials and convicts lodged in Tihar. We direct the medical superintendent to submit a report about the infrastructure and facilities available for the inmates," the bench said.
As per an earlier court order, a medical board of the Army's Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital recently submitted its report on frequent hospital visits of the two convicts, serving life terms in Tihar.
While going through the report in open court, the bench also observed that many of the duo's visits were unjustified.
The bench also directed the high court registry to supply the copy of the report to the parties, directed the accused as well as the complainant to respond to its contents within three weeks.