In connection with the lack of facilities in the state prisons, Jammu and Kashmir High Court Monday directed Prison authorities and District Legal Services Authority (DALSA) to examine the draft of jail manual after obtaining the same from Delhi Legal Services Authority in view to apply the same in J&K state as well.
Hearing a suo-moto cognizance of a letter addressed by Supreme Court for condition of jails and jail inmates, the Court directed the authorities to examine the draft jail manual in order to see if there is need to any change in light of court directions so that likewise manual is applied in the J&K state as well.
The division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar granted time to State counsel for examining the amended prison manual with a direction to apprise the Court about the decision of the committee.
The direction came after the State counsel informed the Court that draft prison manual is before the committee for its examination as such and sought some time to apprise the court about the committee’s decision.
Earlier, Court had directed DALSA to provide the copy of the amended jail manual to State counsel for examination and suggestions. Previously, the district judges, in their visiting reports, pointed out lack of infrastructure and other facilities in district and sub-jails.
In his visiting report, the Principal District and Sessions Judge, Anantnag, has pointed out that there is no doctor in Sub-Jail, Anantnag, and no water purifier for the prisoner.
The Principal District and Sessions Judge, Kargil, in his report has stated that there is no jail facility in the district and the under-trials are being shifted to Leh district for lodging, which is 220 km away.
In this connection, Court had directed the prison authorities to provide all facilities to the jail inmates, who are languishing in different jails of the state.
The authorities were also directed, to ensure all necessary renovation of the jails and provide all the facilities including medical treatment to the jail inmates.