SRINAGAR: The J&K high court has written to all principal district and session judges, asking them to file report by Tuesday about their visit to jail(s) within their respective district.
“In terms of Division Bench orders passed from time to time, all the principal district & session judges are required to visit the jails within their respective district after every two months and file the jail visit report accordingly,” reads a communication addressed by Mohammad Yasin Joint Registrar (administration) to all the principal district & session judges across the state.
“You are, therefore, requested to visit the jails under your district and file the jail visit report in compliance to directions of Division Bench before this Registry by or before 07 September 2015 through fax so that the same is filed before Court on the next date of hearing on 10 September 2015,” the communication adds.
As per the court’s directions, respective District and Session Judge along with District Magistrate, District Superintendent of Police and Chief Medical Officer are required to visit jail(s) and submit report as to whether the statutory facilities required to be provided to the jail inmates are available to them.
“Human right is a cherished right which is available to all the human beings and such right is to be safeguarded,” the court had and ordered visit to the jails by the sessions’ judges.
The court had passed the directions from time to time while hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed the Kashmir High court Bar Association in 2011.
The PIL seeks court’s directions for betterment of living conditions and redress of grievances of the jail inmates and prisoners at interrogation centres in Jammu and Kashmir in light of jail manual and detenues general order, 1968.