Inmate ‘as­sault’: HC di­rects jail of­fi­cial to file fresh re­port

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - KAY Dod­hiya

MUMBAI: The Bom­bay high court (HC) on Wed­nes­day di­rected the di­rec­tor gen­eral (DG) of Taloja Jail, SN Pandey, to pre­pare a fresh re­port on the al­le­ga­tions made by a jail inmate that he was as­saulted by prison of­fi­cials.

The di­rec­tions were is­sued by HC af­ter pe­rus­ing an ear­lier re­port pre­pared by the DG. The court found that the ear­lier re­port did not con­tain cru­cial de­tails and was vague. The ear­lier re­port lacked de­tails that would help un­der­stand the ve­rac­ity of the al­le­ga­tions made by the inmate and ac­tion taken by the au­thor­i­ties, said the court.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint, the inmate was as­saulted for not com­ply­ing with an al­leged de­mand by the of­fi­cials to give them money in Jan­uary. While hear­ing the crim­i­nal writ pe­ti­tion filed by the sis­ter of the un­der-trial inmate of Taloja jail,

the bench of jus­tices BP Dhar­mad­hikari and Sarang Kot­wal was told that the med­i­cal re­ports showed that the inmate sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries. As the com­plaint had not been paid heed to by prison of­fi­cials, the com­plainant ap­proached HC, she said. The court had then di­rected the DG of the prison to sub­mit a re­port in this re­gard. Chief pub­lic prose­cu­tor Deepak Thakare, while re­fer­ring to the con­tent of the re­port, said that four of­fi­cials against whom the inmate had com­plained had been sus­pended and the su­per­in­ten­dent of the jail had been trans­ferred to Yer­wada Jail.

How­ever, the bench took cog­ni­sance of the fact that the re­port nei­ther men­tioned the dates on which the of­fi­cials were sus­pended nor par­tic­u­lars of the crime.

Un­happy with this, the court ob­served, “When the re­port is ex­pected from a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cer, he is duty-bound to as­sist the court. We fail to un­der­stand why the said of­fi­cer has not com­mented upon the com­mis­sion of any crime by these per­sons.”

The bench has di­rected the DG to sub­mit the fresh re­port on De­cem­ber 20. “We grant di­rec­tor gen­eral Mr Pandey one op­por­tu­nity to show his bona fides and make amends in the mat­ter,” said the bench.

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