You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

SC takes note of poor facilities in jails, asks AG to assist

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today took note of lack of facilities in jails, leading to delayed trials and prolonged incarceration of under-trial prisoners, in the country and sought assistance of the in issuing directions to deal with the situation.

A bench headed by Dipak Misra, on its own, initiated the judicial proceedings after taking note of reports on deficiencies at the jail in and expanded the scope of the case to the entire country.

Placing reliance on a report of the District and Sessions of Faridabad, the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said there were several infrastructural and operational deficiencies like lack of and in

"A report has been submitted by the District and Sessions of and the has mentioned various causes for delayed trials and long incarceration of under trial prisoners in jail," it said.

"Having perused the report, we are of the view that such a situation cannot be confined to the jail at Faridabad," the bench said, adding lack of facilities have been posing impediments in speedy trial.

The bench then asked K K Venugopal to assist the court in the matter and said that making all the states and union territories (UTs) parties to the case would cause delay in passing directions.

The court appointed as an amicus curiae, friend of the court, and asked him to help the deal with the case.

The bench considered the note on the prevailing situation at jail of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, since retired, who had visited the on June 3 this year.

It also considered the orders passed by the and the Rajsathan High Courts on the lack of facilities in prisons in and Rajashtan before taking cognizance of the matter on its own.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 20:25 IST