SC to constitute panel to look into issues in prisons across country
The Supreme Court has said that it would constitute a committee under the chairmanship of its retired judge to look into the problems in jails including overcrowding and suggest measures to deal with them.
The Supreme Court on August 8, 2018 said that it would constitute a committee under the chairmanship of its retired judge to look into the problems in jails.
The bench comprising Justices M B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta expressed its displeasure saying that the government had collected a huge amount under the orders of the apex court but the funds were not being utilised properly.
Attorney General K K Venugopal also agreed with the court on setting up a committee for jail reforms. He, however, told the bench that India was facing enormous problems in several other areas as well.
• The apex court stated that besides a retired SC judge as its Chairperson, the committee for prison reforms will comprise two or three officials from the Union Government.
• The committee’s duties will include looking into the problems of jails across the country including overcrowding and women prisoners languishing in cells for years.
• After studying the problems, the committee would be required to suggest measures to deal with them.
• The matter has been listed for further hearing on August 17.
• The apex court had on August 5 expressed its displeasure that several states had not yet appointed the board of visitors who regularly inspect prisons to ensure that they are being run in accordance with the rules.
• The current observance comes, as the court is hearing a matter relating to inhuman conditions prevailing in 1,382 prisons across the country.
• The court had earlier taken strong exception to overcrowded jails across the country and said prisoners also have human rights and cannot be kept in jail like ‘animals’.
• The apex court had also earlier passed a slew of directions over unnatural deaths in jails and on prison reforms across India.