Unnatural Deaths In Prisons: Karnataka HC Takes Suo Motu Cognizance, Issues Notice To Govt.

Team SoOLEGAL 5 Jul 2019 3:00pm

Unnatural Deaths In Prisons: Karnataka HC Takes Suo Motu Cognizance, Issues Notice To Govt.

The Karnataka High Court on Thursday issued notice to the State government while hearing a suo-motu petition seeking to implement directions given by the Supreme Court for identifying cases of unnatural death in prisons and grant compensation to next of kin of deceased.

The state's stand to grant compensation only when States Human Right commission recommends the death is unjustified, was observed by the division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice H T Narendra Prasad of Karnataka High Court.

The court also rejected government's stand that cases of suicides are not to be considered unnatural death. The latter court concluded that the cases of suicides by a prisoner are considered unnatural death. "You keep him in prison and take away his personal liberties and if he attempts suicide, then how can it not be unnatural death" the bench observed.

As in one case a compensation amount of Rs 5 lacs was given and in another Rs 1 lac was given. The bench concluded that it would pass directions to fix and improve compensation amount. Out of the 48 cases of unnatural death only 3 were compensated.

The court has updated the state to provide the latest data of the people died in custody from 2012 and has posted the next hearing after three weeks.

Tagged: KarnatakaHighCourt   ChiefJusticeAbhayOka   JusticeHTNarendraPrasad   prisoner  
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