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'The foundation of a prison is laid on the Rule of Law': Supreme Court on Tihar inmate Ankit Gujjar's death case

Lawstreet Journal 19 Sep 2021 4:52pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary 'The foundation of a prison is laid on the Rule of Law': Supreme Court on Tihar inmate Ankit Gujjar's death case

On August 24th 2021, Tihar jail inmate Ankit Gujjar, a 29 year old gangster was found dead in the jail after getting serious injuries. 

The matter was moved to court and on Monday 13th of September 2021, the Delhi high court sought status report from Director General of Prisons indicating the measures taken by the authorities to ensure safety and security of other inmates.

The petition was moved by 5 inmates of the Tihar jail claiming to be eye witnesses to the incident thereby fearing that pressure will be mounted on them in order to change their statements.

The petition was moved by the inmates through Advocate Mehmood Pracha while Justice Mukta Gupta was dealing with the petition.

Three inmates are presently lodged inside the Tihar Jail while two of them are out on interim bail ending on September 24, 2021. The two Petitioners out on interim bail had informed the family of Ankit Gujjar that he was mercilessly beaten immediately after coming out. Accordingly, PCR calls were made in the matter.

On September 27th 2021, the Court ordered thus: "The Director General of Prisons will ensure that the petitioners no 1 to 3 who are in custody and petitioners no 4 and 5 who will surrender, are kept inside an area where CCTV cameras is fully functional so that every ingres and outgress through their cells is maintained and properly monitored."

The Court issued notice on the plea and sought status report from the DG, Prisons by the next date… Continue Reading...

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