The High Court on Friday sought explanation from the principal district judges, who have not reported on the condition of jails in their respective districts to the court.
The top court asked the registrar general HC to obtain the explanation from the principal district judges for not reporting to it on the condition of jails.
A division bench of Justices Muhammad Yaqoob Mir and Ali Muhammad Magrey issued the direction after observing that all the PDJs were under command to visit jails in their respective districts after every two months.
The court asked the RG to obtain the explanation and file it before the bench.
Meanwhile, the court directed all the PDJs to visit the jails in their respective areas without fail, if they have not visited so far and submit report regarding the condition of the prisoners.
While hearing a Public Interest Litigation by the High Court Bar Association Kashmir, the court was informed that PDJs of Srinagar, Jammu, Reasi and Ganderbal have submitted the reports.
Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom on behalf of the Bar Association Kashmir argued that despite court directions, the reports of all jails in J&K have not been filed.
The Bar in the PIL seeks directions on the authorities to improve conditions in jails in Jammu and Kashmir.
Referring to a letter written by Justice R C Lahoti to the Supreme Court, which was treated as PIL, on various issues of jail inmates in the country including overcrowding, lack of living with dignity in jails, etc. the Bar has pleaded that providing of basic requirements to the jail inmate is his basic right.
“Even prosecuting officers are not appointed in the courts,” the Bar pleaded.
With regard to medical facility, the Bar said a doctor, a medical assistant or a nurse has to be available in jails and in some jails even a nursing orderly is not available.