STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: A Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar on Tuesday directed State to bring on record the latest status report regarding the condition of the jails in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Hearing a suo moto cognisance of a letter addressed by Supreme Court for condition of jails and jail inmates, Prison authorities and District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) are under direction that after obtaining the draft jail manual from Delhi to examine the same in order to see there is need to any change in light of court directions so that likewise manual is applied in the J&K State as well. DB observed that Senior AAG has informed this Court that revised draft Prison Rules have been prepared as ordered and the same is pending consideration before the Committee constituted by the State Government and it will take about six weeks’ time to enable the Committee to examine the draft rules and take a final decision. DB further observed that Senior AAG also informed this Court that the State has examined the complaint made by Tantray, Amicus alleging that prisoners have been compelled to remain naked in the Central Jail, Srinagar and also stated that entire incident has been investigated and the report dated October 16, 2018 has been submitted on court record. DB directed that a copy of the report dated October 16, 2018 be provided to N.A Beigh, Counsel for the J&K State Legal Services Authority, who may verify the correctness of the same and make submissions in this regard on the next date of hearing.
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