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Delhi High Court issues Orders to encourage Tihar Inmates to get vaccinated, Extend Daily Calling Facilities, and Allow E-Mulaqats

Lawstreet Journal 8 May 2021 10:01pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Delhi High Court issues Orders to encourage Tihar Inmates to get vaccinated, Extend Daily Calling Facilities, and Allow E-Mulaqats

The Delhi High Court released a slew of directions on Wednesday (May 5, 2021) in response to a petition filed by under-trial prisoners currently incarcerated in the Central Jail-6 Tihar, demanding certain directions for the provision of certain facilities in the jail.

On Monday (May 3, 2021), the Bench of Justice Prathiba M. Singh sought the Government's response on the issues of tele-calling facilities in the prison, vaccination of prisoners, as well as e-mulaqaats, monthly calling charges, and intermingling issues.

The Government Counsel submitted responses to the Court in accordance with the Court's May 3 Order. Following a hearing with counsel representing the sides, the following directives were issued:

Tele-calling Facilities

The Court expressed worry about the inmates who are allowed to make these calls. Daily calling services are only available to prisoners who have verified their biometric information. It was also said that the daily calling services are only open to post-paid numbers.

Considering the current situation of the pandemic, the Court ordered thus:

"Where a large number of families seem to be affected, the daily calling facilities would henceforth be extended, during the current second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, even to prepaid numbers so long as the number to which the said call being made is verified, and the person who is receiving the call is verified in some manner, to be a close relative of the inmate concerned."

Furthermore, in the case of inmates in recovery/isolation/COVID-19 positive wards, the Court ordered that regular calling be allowed for a maximum of 5 minutes for these… Continue Reading...

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