The Delhi High Court Tuesday sought the response of the AAP authorities and the director preferred (DG) of Tihar Jail on a PIL looking for instructions to employ one law officer each in sixteen jails of the countrywide capital in a time-bound way.
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani issued a note to the national authorities and DG (prisons) on the petition and listed the problem for in addition hearing on August 29.
The petition, filed by means of proposing Amit Sahni, alleged that notwithstanding the Delhi Prisons Act, 2000 mandating that there will be a law officer in each prison, at present there is best one regulation officer for all 16 jails of the nation who’s stationed at jail headquarters at Tihar right here.
It also claimed that from August 2016 to February 2019, no law officer turned into appointed at the jail headquarters and the criminal affairs had been dealt with by an officer equivalent to the rank of a deputy superintendent.
There are sixteen jails inside the country — 9 on the Tihar prison complex, one on the Rohini prison complex and 6 at the Mandoli jail complicated.
Section 6 of Delhi Prisons Act, 2000 provides that every jail shall have a superintendent, a deputy superintendent, a clinical officer, a regulation officer, a welfare officer, and such other officials because the government thinks is important.
The plea said jails within the country are over-crowded and a law officer for each jail would bring about better management.
“There are sixteen jails in Delhi and law officer (headquarters) is calling after prison subjects of all sixteen jails, together with criminal paintings referring to the headquarters. The prison paintings cannot be exceeded over to officer with an ad hoc arrangement.
“Since the beginning, Tihar Jail is overburdened and regardless of putting in seven new jails outdoor the Tihar Jail campus, prisons in Delhi are overcrowded, thereby resulting in a stressful environment for officers and team of workers,” the plea stated.
“Further, the weight is created through the respondents by means of not recruiting law officers for each prison as in keeping with the mandate of the statute i.E. Delhi Prisons Act, 2000. It isn’t always simplest in the interest of the prisoners however additionally inside the hobby of better control of Tihar Jail to have a regulation officer for each jail under the respondent,” it stated.
The plea said there may be a superintendent, a deputy superintendent, and a scientific officer for every prison but the respondents have no longer complied with the mandate of phase 6 of Delhi Prisoners Act, 2000 for reasons exceptional recognized to them.
“The respondents (authorities of NCT Delhi and Director General of Prisons, Tihar) are responsibility-sure to conform with the mandate of Delhi Prisons Act, 2000 in its letter and spirit,” it said.
The petition said the appointment of a law officer became necessary to oversee all legal matters, draft and report replies to the courtroom, comply with up on cases, appear in court alongside the government suggest, coordinate with branches of the branch for compliance with instructions of courts and upkeep of monthly statistics of court docket instances amongst others.