PANAJI: High Court of Bombay at Goa has directed the inspector general of prisons to take stock of situation and to file his personal responsible affidavit explaining how the conditions of living staff can be improved at Aguada prison.
In a suo motu writ petition, the High Court has said that it has perused earlier orders and the time sought by respondents (the Chief Secretary, government of Goa) to construct the new Central Prison expired in 2010 only and as of today that structure has not come up fully.
Amicus Curiae made a grievance that the prison guards therefore continue to live in unhealthy and unhygienic conditions and the prisoners also continue to escape.
According to him, if completion of new prison is taking time, the existing accommodation must be substantially repaired so that the prison guards get appropriate conditions for their living. An additional government advocate stated that 90 per cent of the work of new jail is already over.
High Court order says, “We find that a facility which was to come up by 2010 has still not come up though period of about four years has expired. In this situation, repairing existing structures appears to be the only way out. However, before issuing any directions, we direct inspector general of prisons to take stock of situation and to file his personal responsible affidavit explaining how the conditions of living staff can be improved at Aguada prison. The affidavit should be filed within a period of two weeks without fail.”
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