HC tells states to give report on prisoners ‘overstaying’ in jails
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday asked Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to file a status reports on the Sikh prisoners who had completed their sentences and were still languishing in jails.chandigarh Updated: Jan 15, 2015 23:08 IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday asked Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to file a status reports on the Sikh prisoners who had completed their sentences and were still languishing in jails.
The directions came from the division bench of justice SK Mittal on suo motu proceedings initiated by the high court on the Supreme Court directions.
The high court directed the two states and the union territory to file a detailed status report as to how many prisoners were ‘overstaying’ in jails in their areas of jurisdiction and what were the reasons for it.
The court directed them to submit another report with regard to welfare schemes started by the respective administrations for prisoners, especially children, women and the mentally challenged.
On Wednesday, the legal services authorities of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh had filed the reports submitted by them in the Supreme Court in 2013 about the welfare schemes being run for prisoners. The reports were filed on the directions of the high court during an earlier hearing.
On January 7, the high court had issued notices to both the states and the UT on a reference received from the Supreme Court to register public interest litigations (PILs) in their respective areas to monitor welfare schemes for prisoners and issue appropriate directions to the respective states. The letter to initiate the PILs to high courts was received in December last year.
The high court has also appointed two amicus curiae in the case -- senior advocate BS Rana and advocate Divya Sharma. The next hearing in the case has been fixed for February 26.