Bombay high court says security of prison inmates must be reviewed
Mumbai city news: The court was hearing a petition filed in 2016 by an inmate of Pune’s Yerwada jail, raising concerns over the poor condition of the jailmumbai Updated: Jul 01, 2017 00:29 IST
Following the June 23 incident of the death of a woman inmate of Byculla Jail, the Bombay high court on Friday said “the issue of security of prisoners in jails across the state” needed to be reviewed.
A bench of justices RM Sawant and Sadhana Jadhav was hearing a petition filed in 2016 by one Shivaji Tukaram Choudhary, who is currently lodged in Pune’s Yerwada jail, raising concerns over the poor condition of the jail.
The bench said though several pleas on upgrading or improving the condition of jails across the state were already pending before another bench of the court, considering the death of 38-year-old Manjula Shetye, the issue of security of inmates must be focussed on.
Shetye is alleged to have succumbed to her injuries after she was assaulted by jail officials following a feud over food served to the inmates.
Meanwhile, Pradeep Bhalekar, a city resident has filed a public interest litigation in the high court, seeking “legal action against the Nagpada police for poor investigation and inaction on part of its officials who are probing Shetye’s death.”
The plea, filed through his counsel Nitin Satpute, claims that the Nagpada police is “fabricating and manipulating medical evidence in the case” and that it is trying to destroy other evidence in the case in order to “protect the Byculla jail authorities.”
The plea also urges the court to look into the condition of women’s prisons across the state, claiming that the same have scant medical facilities, that they provide substandard food to inmates, and that there exists rampant corruption among jail authorities.
The plea claims that following Shetye’s death, several inmates began a protest in the prison but the police has failed to record their statements and is instead, threatening them, asking them not to come forward to testify.
The petitioner has urged the court to transfer the probe into Shetye’s death and the consequent instances of violence in the jail among inmates to the state criminal investigation department.