HC seeks explanation from District Judges on jail reports

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, May 3: The High Court today directed the Registrar General to ensure that explanation is obtained from District Judges for not submitting the visiting reports to various jails across the State.
The Division Bench of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey while hearing suo moto proceedings directed the Registrar General of High Court to sought explanation from those District Judges for not submitting the visiting reports regarding the condition of various jails across the State.
Court, meantime, directed all the Principal District Judges across the State to visit the jails of their jurisdictions and submit the report by or before next date of hearing without fail. It is only district judges of Srinagar, Jammu, Ganderbal and Reasi who have filed their visiting reports which the court took on record.
Court directed the Registrar General to seek explanation from Principal District Judges who have not complied with the directions of the court. All the District Judges are under command to visit the jails of their respective jurisdiction after every two months.
Direction is already with the authorities to ensure that the inmates of the jail who are facing trial in different Courts are produced before the Court whenever production is directed by the trial court.
Court has also taken note of its earlier order passed on February this year in which Principal District Judges of all the districts of the State were called upon to strictly comply with the directions of this Court passed from time to time with respect to visiting the jails in order to see whether the jail condition and basic facilities are available in the jails or not.
Court in its previous direction had asked the petitioner-Association to prepare a check list as to what are the requirements that are to be provided to the detenues keeping in mind the decisions of the Supreme Court so that a workable solution is found and effectively managed.
The earlier report of Home Department  filed by Additional Secretary to Government Home Department, Srinagar revealed that a meeting was called  for removing various deficiencies like drinking water at Central Jail, Srinagar and non-availability of Ambulances in Jails, providing of a contingent of escort for full time to meet the emergency situation like ailment in the Central Jail, providing of services of B-Grade specialist or Assistant Surgeon to the inmates and arrangement for segregation of inmates in respective class as per the Jail Manual.
The Home department, the report showed, has also impressed upon all Jail Authorities to implement the directions issued by the High Court in letter and spirit and provide food to the inmates on time in the evening, the court observed.