Srinagar: The J&K High Court has asked government to provide food packets to under-trials when they are brought to courts for hearing.
The direction by a division bench of Justices Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Hasnain Massodi followed submission by Bar Association president, advocate Mian Qayoom.
He stated that the under-trial prisoners, while being produced in trial courts for hearings, are not provided food.
“They are starved for the whole day. There was a practice that the relatives of the under-trials would bring food for them which has been stopped in view of Circular issued by Registrar Vigilance of the court on May 13 where-under it has been provided that the practice of providing food in the past manner to the under-trial prisoners should be avoided as it may at times lead to hazardous consequences,” he said.
“If it be so, then there shall be some mechanism evolved for providing food to the under-trial prisoners,’ the court said, observing that normally the under-trial prisoners are provided food in the jails but on the dates they are taken to the trial courts for hearing, there is no chance to return to the jail as it is the practice that it takes the whole day in the courts.
“The jail authorities are required to supply them the food in packets, which otherwise is being provided to them in their respective jails,” the court said, directing the authorities to take necessary steps for providing food in packets to the under-trial prisoners on the dates they are being produced in connection with their cases in the respective trial courts.
In another direction, the court also disposed of an application which was filed based on a letter addressed to District Judge with copy to the President Bar Association by the foreign jail Inmates, seeking direction to the Jail authorities, where Pakistani prisoners are lodged, be directed to receive parcels sent to these Pakistani prisoners by their family members and after opening the same in their presence deliver the articles contained in those parcels to these prisoners against proper receipt.
Home Department filed objections, suggesting that at no point of time any parcel received was returned back.
It said that after proper checking, the parcels are delivered to the concerned inmates as per rules and jail procedure.
“In view of the objections, as filed, nothing remains to be determined. In case subsequently any such situation is brought to the notice same may be appropriately dealt with,’ the court.