//Court panel sought for inspecting Sabarmati jail

Court panel sought for inspecting Sabarmati jail

Ahmedabad: Lawyer Shamshad Pathan has filed an application in the Gujarat high court praying that it immediately appoint a court commission, which would enter the premises of the Sabarmati Central Jail to carry out an “in-depth inspection and make appropriate suggestions for providing effective medical treatment to injured prisoners. In his application seeking amendments in PIL in which he alleged that inmates of the jail had been inhumanely treated by the staff, he said that no written submissions could be made with regard to the violence on March 26 reported from the jail as he did not have details of the same. He further said that when the matter came up for hearing, there was no mention of the March 26 incident for the same reason.
Pathan, a member of the Jan Sangharsh Manch, said in his application that relatives and advocates of the inmates were only able to meet them on March 31 as per the order of the metropolitan court. He said he had appeared in court for an inmate of the jail, Imtiyaz Khan, who bore injury marks after being allegedly beaten by the jail staff. The city sessions court had then ordered the jail authorities to provide medical treatment to the inmates.

Pathan produced the manual cited by the jail authorities before the metropolitan court, which said that the latter had the discretion to impose punishments subject to such general orders as “the government of India has issued in regard to the whipping of certain classes of prisoners, or to institute proceedings under section 52 of the Prisoners Act.”

Meanwhile, metropolitan magistrate GM Patel directed the jail authorities to provide medical treatment to 22 people accused in the Ahmedabad serial blasts case. On Monday, lawyers Javed Pathan and IM Munshi submitted an application, praying that a physical checkup of the accused be conducted in the presence of prosecutors and the
lawyers.

DNA Correspondent
Tuesday, April 7, 2009