In the wake of rising incidents of criminal activities inside Tihar Jail, district judge GP Mittal pulled up his subordinate judges for “openly violating the directions of the Supreme Court regarding surprise jail inspections”.
The district judge said the visiting judges were openly violating the apex court order dated August 5, 1986, regarding surprise jail inspections once in two months.
According to sources at Tis Hazari court complex, the district judge recently came to know that a few judges were conducting pre-intimated visits to Tihar jail. “It became open that a few judges visited the jail after providing prior information to the concerned jail superintendent,” the source said.
In recent a circular, a copy of which is available with the Hindustan Times, the district judge said, “Some judges are not conducting surprise inspection of their respective jails at least once in two months. Moreover, they send intimation of inspection to the concerned jail authority.”
As many as 12 additional sessions judges from districts courts were instructed to make surprise visits to Tihar jail once in two months. They are asked to make the visits after lunch hours to inspect and record the grievances of inmates.
However, the judges have been allegedly making a mockery of the exercise by informing jail authorities in advance. The matter came to light the district judge hauled up the judges for giving out details of what should have been impromptu visits.
The HT had earlier reported about criminal activities inside the jail, including custodial torture, SIM cards found in prisoners’ possession . On Tuesday, seven prisoners armed with surgical blades attacked policemen inside Karkardooma court premises. Later, contrabands were also recovered from their possession.