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Supreme Court - Justice Amitava Roy to head 3-member Committee to look into Jail Reforms

Team SoOLEGAL 25 Sep 2018 2:09pm

Supreme Court - Justice Amitava Roy to head 3-member Committee to look into Jail Reforms

Today, The Supreme Court set up a three-member committee to look into the issue of prison reforms. The committee will be headed by former judge of the Supreme Court, Justice (Retd.) Amitava Roy.

The Bench of Justices Madan Lokur and Deepak Gupta set up the committee, which will make recommendations on steps for prison reforms. The committee will look into the issues plaguing Indian prisons, including overcrowding and lack of basic living conditions.

The said committee will receive assistance from government officials and will be required to file its reports before the Supreme Court from time to time.

The Court had earlier observed that the shocking level of overcrowding in Indian prisons was a violation of the fundamental rights of the inmates.

Earlier this year, the Court had also set up a panel to identify the issues that plagued Indian prisons. These directions were made in a PIL registered by the Supreme Court in 2013 subsequent to a letter by former Chief Justice of India, RC Lahoti.

In his letter, Justice Lahoti highlighted the abysmal state of affairs in 1382 prisons in India.

The committee that is set up now will make recommendations for prison reforms keeping in mind these issues.

Tagged: Justice Amitava Roy   Justice Madan Lokur   Justice Deepak Gupta   jail Reforms   three member committee   supreme court  
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