The Bombay High Court on Monday reprimanded the jail authorities for their apathetic approach towards filing replies to petitions filed in the court.
The high court reminded them that “each adjournment costs the state exchequer around Rs 500.”
The high court was hearing a petition filed by Sanjay Kamble, an inmate of the Paithan open prison in Maharashtra.
Kamble had moved the high court in March this year raising grievance about the deduction of his remission, following an overstay after returning from his parole.
The division bench of justices AM Khanwilkar and AP Bhangale was irked to find that the prison authorities had filed an incomplete affidavit that too after getting the matter adjourned thrice earlier.
Additional public prosecutor Dr FR Shaikh then sought another adjournment of two weeks to file a fresh affidavit.
The division bench rejected the prosecutor’s request asking, “Why do you request two weeks?”
The high court, however, granted the prosecutor two days time to file a fresh affidavit but only after imposing cost of Rs 500 on concerned prison officer, who will now have to bear the expense from his own pocket.
The case will now come up for hearing on November 24.