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Mumbai inmate murder: Why the delay in filing FIR, HC asks Maharashtra government

Mumbai city news: The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Malad resident Pradeep Bhalekar raising concern over poor food quality in jails across Maharashtra.

mumbai Updated: Jul 10, 2017 20:23 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari
According to the PIL, Manjula Shetye was brutally assaulted and tortured to death.
According to the PIL, Manjula Shetye was brutally assaulted and tortured to death.(File)

The Bombay high court on Monday directed Maharashtra government to explain why there was delay in registration of FIR in Manjula Shetye murder case.

A division bench of justice RM Savant and justice Sadhana Jadhav also sought explanation on why the FIR was based on complaint lodged by another inmate of Byculla jail and not the jail officials.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Malad resident Pradeep Bhalekar raising concern over poor food quality in jails across Maharashtra.

According to him, the quality of the food served in jails in very poor and Shetye was brutally assaulted and tortured to death after she complained about bad quality food at Byculla prison.

Bhalekar sought an inquiry into the purported corruption in food supplies in jails in Maharashtra.

He also sought an application against the six staff members of Byculla jail who have been arrested on the charge of murdering Shetye.

During the course of hearing on the PIL, Bhalekar’s lawyer, advocate Niteen Satpute alleged the FIR was registered 36 hours after Shetye died.

He alleged the post-mortem report was manipulated, as according to him while the FIR mentions 7pm as the time of her death, the postmortem states 6.30pm.