High Court Tuesday directed Superintendants of Jails to ensure that facilities are provided to jail inmates and the deficiencies pointed out in the visiting reports filed by Principal District Judges of various districts are removed without any delay.
The court passed the direction after perusal of visiting reports filed by Principal District Judges of various districts regarding condition of jail inmates and facilities provided to them in the jails.
The division Bench comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan remarked that certain deficiencies have been pointed out in these visiting reports.
The bench directed the jail Superintendants to ensure that the deficiencies are removed without any delay.
Referring to providing of legal aid to under trials, Court directed Secretary District Legal Services Authority to provide the legal aid in those cases, who are not able to defend their cases.
The court observed that out of 22 visiting reports only five have been filed so far and the authorities have failed to file the same.
The court warned of action against the Principal District Judges, who have not filed their visiting reports.
Only five visiting reports out of 22 districts have been filed so far.
Advocate Mian Qayoom submitted before the court that the directions passed by court are not being adhered to as authorities are yet to finalize the jail manual.
Reacting to it, State counsel BA Dar said the jail manual is complete and they are placing it before State Administrative Council (SAC) for approval.
He requested one month time to place jail manual before the court and was granted the same.