High Court reserves order
PIL ON JAIL CONDITION IMPROVEMENT
D A RASHID
Srinagar, June 7: High Court has reserved order on the Public Interest Litigation filed by the High Court Bar Association seeking deletion of the provisions of Public Safety Act, besides improvement in Jail conditions.
A division Bench comprising Justice Imtiyaz Hussain and Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir, Tuesday, reserved the order on the PIL after hearing arguments of senior Advocate Mian Qayoom who represented the Bar and Advocate General, Ishaq Qadri, who defended the State.
Qayoom argued before the Court that the detainees should be allowed to meet their relatives and friends twice a week in keeping with the directions of the Supreme Court. “The jail authorities by allowing detainees to meet their kith and kin and friends only once a month are violating the provisions of law,” the Bar president argued.
About the ‘substandard’ food supplied to inmates he said, “The food is prepared by the detainees, under trials and convicts and is taken from a common kitchen in violation of the Jail rules. It is served at irregular intervals causing severe health problems to the inmates” Qayoom said.
Arguing that when a detainee is taken to court for hearing, he is allowed to take only Rs 100 with him, which is a small amount. Why can’t he take more money with him, the Bar President questioned.
The Bar has through the PIL has sought the Habeas Corpse Cases should be settled in sync with the new provisions of the law within 15 days, which cropped up in the arguments.
Ishaq Qadri and Counsel for the respondents said, “There are already Judgments from the Apex Court and the Division Benches, which need to be implemented”. Seeking PIL dismissal he said, “It is a contempt matter and it holds no water”.
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