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Formation of Committee to Monitor Jail Security by MHA Directs Delhi High Court

The court held that the committee shall be consisting of three member and the qualification of members will be as such- a retired district judge, a senior officer of National Informatics Centre or any other such government body and a senior officer of Delhi Police
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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been directed by the Delhi High Court to formulate high level committees to monitor the functioning and security of tihar jail and other jails. The main work of these committees will be to examine and regulate the functioning of CCTVs and all other security measures adopted by the Jails.

The court held that the committee shall be consisting of three member and the qualification of members will be as such- a retired district judge, a senior officer of National Informatics Centre or any other such government body and a senior officer of Delhi Police.

The court on seeing the inquiry report on tihar jail and observing that the CCTV cameras were not working in the jail noted that the tihar jail is the largest jail with the most number of inmates which are beyond its capacity as the tihar jail has a capacity of keeping 6000 inmates but it has 14500 inmates and it is necessary for having proper and effective security measure for the jail and CCTVs should be functioning properly.

In light of the above Justices S Muralidhar and IS Mehta held that though the tihar jail falls under the jurisdiction of tHome Department of the Government of NCT of Delhi but the three member committee for monitoring jail security should not have any representative of the Delhi Government to ensure impartiality and objectivity. This is the reason MHA has been entrusted with this task. The committee has to submit its report to High Court within two months.

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Mehak Sharma
Published on 6th Nov, 2017
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