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HC suggests to set up special ‘Jail court’ for petty crimes

13/03/2021 at 12:01 PM

Cuttack, Mar 13: The Orissa High Court has passed important orders in favour of Jail reformation, as proposed by the Amicus Curiae.   

Hearing a petition on Jail Reform filed in 2014, a division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice S Muralidharan and Justice B P Routray directed the authorities to formulate provisions of Jail court to redress cases related to petty crimes. The court also asked the state government to carry out order of the Apex court on jail reform.  

As per the proposal of the Amicus Curiae Adv. Goutam Mishra, the High Court has passed orders to uphold human rights of the inmate of jails. Especially the accused, those are involved in minor cases, should not be imprisoned for long time. Thus, the court has suggested the jail authorities to arrange Jail court for hearing the cases of the accused related to petty crimes. 

As per the order, the Secretary of State Legal Services Authority will ensure functioning of the jail court in consultation with the Inspector General of Prisons. 

The district legal services wing along with the Collector concerned will coordinate the process visiting the prisons more frequently. They will prepare a data base of the eligible inmates and facilitate their bail or release order. Similarly, the District Judges will visit the jails at least once in a month to take care of this aspect. 

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