Srinagar: Proper inspection of jails has not taken place despite several orders from the J&K High Court from June 2011 to August 2018, senior counsel Mian Qayoom has told the J&K High Court.
“It is a hard reality that nothing has taken place on the ground so far as the issue regarding prison conditions involved in these public interest litigations are concerned,” Qayoom told the court, referring to orders directing inspection of the jails by the District Judges and the members of the committee appointed by the Court.
While the additional advocate general, appearing for the state, refuted the claim and stated that issues pointed out are being examined, and steps taken, the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur hearing the PIL directed registry to ensure the copies of the reports received from the district judges are made available to all the counsels appearing in the matter
“We find that certain reports are being filed by the District Judges on the record of the case with regard to the inspection of the jails. However, the copies of these reports have not been made available to the counsel appearing in the matter,” the bench said.
“Let the same be examined and submissions be made by the counsel for the parties before us on the next date of hearing,” the court said.