HC seeks govt response on allowing lawyers to meet prisoners

HC seeks govt response on allowing lawyers to meet prisoners

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday granted three weeks time to the government of India and ten days to the state government for filing the objections to the application allowing advocates to visit various jails.
The application was moved by two advocates, Miraj Azim and Zahid Ali seeking permission to visit jails to interact with the jail inmates.
Advocate Azim pleaded before the court that it was necessary to visit the jails for legal assistance to detained persons and recording their firsthand accounts.
A single bench of Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta directed state and union government to file objections before vacations so that the advocates could visit the jails.
The application reads, “For the preparation of effective defense, personal interviews are essential. Therefore, the permission of court was sought to facilitate the legal assistance otherwise hindered by the jail authorities.”
“The advocates will be visiting jails with the purpose of arranging legal assistance to various inmates lodged in jails of the state and outside.”
“For clearance of certain ambiguities, it is necessary to meet detenues and permission must be provided so that justice could be delivered,” it said.
The case was filed by Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Srinagar versus state of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Civil Secretariat Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of Police (DGP) Jammu and Srinagar, DGP Uttar Pradesh, DGP Delhi, DGP Rajasthan, DGP Punjab, Superintend Central Jail Koth Balwal Jammu, Superintend Central jail Agra, Superintend Central jail Jaipur, Superintend central Jail Tihar Jail no 1-9, Superintend district jail Jodhpur, district jail Sagroor, Kathua, Amphalla Jammu, Udhampur, Union of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, Superintend district jail, Rajouri, district jail Poonch and distict jail Anantnag.