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"DMs Make Wonderful Prison Visits, Submit Report": Orissa Supreme Court Seeks Response from State Government On status of Prisons

Lawstreet Journal 17 Mar 2021 9:42pm

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Directing the District Magistrates of the various provinces to visit unexpectedly in the prisons under their jurisdiction and submit a report to the Court, inter alia, on the conditions of the prisons, the Orissa High Court last week sought answers from the State Government several times in an attempt to understand the current status and status of the Prions in Government.

Bench of Chief Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice B. P. Routray were facing a 15-year-old petition and a 7-year-old PIL after receiving a recent report by Amicus Curiae on the matter. Both applications have highlighted various issues with regard to Orissa prisons.

Among other things, the Amicus Curiae informed the Court of five issues regarding the deaths of Odisha prisoners over the past five years and the issue of overcrowding.

Court References to State Government

Initially, the Court ordered the Government of Odisha to review detailed evidence issued by the Supreme Court in its judgment In Re: Inhuman Conditions in 1382 Prisons, (2016) 3 SCC 700 and subsequent decision.

It may be noted that in the above-mentioned case, the Supreme Court had recognized the need to give priority to prisoners' rights and services in various prisons throughout the country. Learn more about the guidelines issued by Apex Court here and there.

In addition, the Odisha Government has been instructed to present before the Court, the following day, in the form of a two-column list, the directions issued by the Supreme Court and the State Government's response thereto.

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