HC demands report from Bihar Govt on jail reforms
The Patna High Court sought a report on the steps taken to ease over-crowding in jails and installation of jammers.india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 19:19 IST
The Patna High Court on Thursday sought a detailed report from the Bihar Government by January 27 on the steps taken to ease over-crowding in jails and installation of jammers to stop inmates from contacting their aides outside to run illegal trade of kidnapping and extortion.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice JN Bhatt and Justice RN Prasad sought report from the state government on utilisation of central funds for the jail reforms to ease over-crowding and improve civic facilities.
The bench also directed the state government to apprise it of the steps taken to install jammers in Beur and other jails particularly in the light of the Chief Secretary' assurance to do the needful at the earliest.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by an NGO 'council for protection of public rights and welfare' highlighting space crunch in jails and the poor civic facilities and seeking the court's directives to the state government to take necessary measures.
Petitioner's counsel MP Gupta told the court that Rs 67 crore granted by the Centre for the jail reforms on the recommendations of 11th Finance Commission for 2000-05 by constructing extra wards and new buildsings to ease over-crowding remained unutilised.
Overcrowding of Bihar jails 3-4 times more than their capacity had been a constant source of unrest among the prisoners.