High Court directs principal district judges to submit jail reports

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The High Court on Monday directed all Principal District Judges (PDJs) to inspect the jails of their jurisdiction immediately and submit the reports to it.   
Hearing a public interest litigation by Kashmir High Court Bar Association, a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan directed the PDJs to file the reports within a period of two weeks.       
The direction came after advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom on behalf of the Bar submitted that despite a slew of directions, no report attesting the condition of jails has been filed by the PDJs.  
After perusal of the orders which were issued in 2012,2013, 2017 and 2018, the court observed that these orders have not been adhered to so far. 
Meanwhile the court directed the Superintendent, Central Jail Srinagar to provide medical assistance to any prisoner in the Central Jail, Srinagar who is injured or ailing. The court sought a report in this regard within a week. The Bar Association had filed an application in the court seeking inquiry into the recent scuffle at Central Jail Srinagar. 
With regard to finalisation of the jail manual, senior additional advocate general, B A Dar, informed the court that the pre-occupation of the Department of Home with polling in the State led to the delay. The formal meeting for finalising the Manual, he said, could not be completed because of this reason. Dar however assured the court that the finalization of the Jail Manual is nearly complete and the same shall be placed before it by May 14.  
Amicus curie G H Tantray drew attention of the court to an order of the court wherein it had noted his complaint with regard to a prisoner who had been compelled to remain naked at Central jail, Srinagar.  The court asked District Legal Services Authority to inform it regarding the complaint. 
Meanwhile the court asked the Principal District Judge, Srinagar who is also the chairperson of the District Legal Services Authority, Srinagar to file report in this regard.

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