The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Centre and states to provide details of undertrial prisoners languishing in jails for not being able to furnish bail bonds, even after courts have ordered their release. Details of Indian prisoners in foreign jails also have to be provided.
A social bench of justices MB Lokur and UU Lalit also asked the government to explain to the states if it had initiated steps to improve the welfare of prisoners.
“There are several undertrial prisoners in the country who are languishing in jails even after being released by courts. Some of them are not even able to furnish a bail bond or surety for Rs 10,000. What are you doing in these cases?” the court asked additional solicitor general Neeraj Kishan Kaul as it heard a PIL pointing out the inhuman conditions in various prisons of the country.
Kaul sought six weeks time to furnish the details as the Centre has to receive inputs from other states and union territories.