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Following the visit of two Supreme Court judges to an event at Faridabad, the Court has sought the assistance of Attorney General for India in relation to jail reforms.
On June 3 this year, Justices (retd.) AK Goel and UU Lalit were invited by the Haryana Legal Services Authority for an event at Faridabad. And what the two judges witnessed in the Faridabad Jail and Observation Home has now led to Supreme Court taking upon itself the responsibility to improve conditions and infrastructure in jails.
During their visit, Justices Goel and Lalit observed the following deficiencies, among others:
In their report, Justices Goel and Lalit noted that these issues arise not just in Faridabad, but in jails and observations homes across the country. With a view to addressing these issues, the judges made the following suggestions:
A report on the same was submitted to the Supreme Court by the District Judge, Faridabad. In his report, the District Judge mentioned various reasons for delayed trial and long incarceration of undertrial prisoners in jail.
In its order, the Bench of CJI Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud noted,
“Having perused the same, we are of the view, the situation cannot be treated to be confined to the jail at Faridabad and the lack of facilities and the impediments for speedy trials are to be dealt with throughout the country.”
For this purpose, the Court has sought the assistance of Attorney General KK Venugopal in the matter. Advocate RP Luthra will assist Venugopal. Advocate Gaurav Agrawal has been appointed as amicus curiae in the matter, which will now be heard on July 30.
Read the order: