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Respond to report of ‘inadequate’ services to under-trials in J&K jails: HC to SLSA

The High Court has directed the State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) to respond to a report about “inadequate” services being provided to the under-trials in Jammu and Kashmir jails.

A division bench of Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice D S Thakur asked the SLSA through its counsel Sofi Manzoor to file its response by July 30 to the report which Amicus Curie, Advocate G R Tantray has filed after visiting the jails.

 The report has highlighted the lack of services being provided to the under-trials in jails of the state as well as the overcrowding in some jails and dearth of police manpower to escort the under-trial inmates to courts. Citing the death of an inmate due to stroke in Baramulla jail, the report has indicated that in the face of escort problem, the patients with acute medical complications cannot be shifted to hospitals in time. “In Bandipora jail, the authorities have to call the escort from general police lines for taking the under-trials to the courts.”The State government’s Home department has already filed response to the report by the Amicus Curie. After registering the PIL on condition of jails for under trials, the Court in October last year had observed that “jails are not only for punishment but places of reform as well and there is a need of better management to prevent overcrowding in Jails of Jammu and Kashmir”.

The PIL before the bench related the nine points that the Supreme Court has referred it about the jail inmates of the state.

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