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The Court took note of the several facts that were put forth. First it took the two years of Covid 19 into consideration, that delayed the process. Further that some of the States and UTs did not submit information on Juveniles in Correctional Homes. It further noted that the Presiding Officer of the Committee is not well, because of which the inquiry could not be completed.
A Bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice Krishna Murari, on Friday, granted more time to the Supreme Court Committee on Prison Reforms, headed by Justice Amitava Roy, former Judge of the Supreme Court to submit its report making suggestions on the inhumane condition and protection of rights of prisoners of 1382 prisons. The Court granted a period of 4 months to complete the inquiry.
The pertinent issue was a suo-moto matter concerning the issue of inhumane conditions in 1382 prisons and the protection of the rights of prisoners.
It was alleged that some of the States were not cooperating in the inquiry, to which the Court then asked to give full particulars of such States to the Committee.
Earlier, a bench of Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice BR Gavai had directed the Supreme Court Committee to submit its report within a period of 6 months.
On September 25, 2018, the bench had constituted a Supreme Court Committee on Prison Reforms to give its recommendations on the following issues as its Terms of Reference:
Case Title: RE- INHUMAN CONDITIONS IN 1382 PRISONS
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