Will designate common area, TV for high-risk inmates: Tihar to HC

New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) The Delhi High Court was on Monday informed by Tihar Jail authorities that a common area will be designated and a TV would be provided for high-risk prisoners, following which the bench disposed of a petition seeking directions to provide facilities to high-security ward prisoners.

“We see no reason to further monitor this case. The petition is therefore disposed of,” said a division bench of the high court presided by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan after hearing the submissions made by the jail authorities.

The orders were passed after advocate Gautam Narayan informed the court that a common room would be created and provision of TV would be extended by the end of September, 2020.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), in the year 2018 in which it alleged that prisoners in the high-security ward and in the general ward are being discriminated against.

Advocates Maninder Singh and Harpreet Singh Hora, arguing for the petitioner, submitted that a letter was received from several Tihar prisoners in 2018 wherein they had raised grievances about discrimination between prisoners lodged in high-security ward and general ward of Tihar Jail.

The petitioners argued that the discrimination is against the rules laid down in Delhi Prison Manual and against the law laid down in the judgment of the Supreme Court in the Sunil Batra case.



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