Death-row convicts should be entitled to meet family, lawyers: SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said death-row convicts should be entitled to meet family members, lawyers and mental health professionals so that their rights are adequately protected at all stages.

A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said this while dealing with an application which had said that prisoners sentenced to death by any court have a right to be treated at par with other convicted prisoners and should be provided all similar facilities as are provided to others in jail.

The application had also sought a direction that solitary confinement of death row convicts or their separate and cellular confinement be struck down as unconstitutional.

The bench requested the Justice (retd) Amitava Roy committee, constituted by the apex court to look into aspects of jail reforms across India, to look into the issues raised in the application in “greater depth”. (AGENCIES)