The J&K High Court has formed a two-member committee of judges headed by Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir for monitoring the implementation of the directions by the Supreme Court on prisoners’ reforms.
“The Chief Justice has been pleased to constitute the Committee comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir (Chairman) and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal (Member) for monitoring the implementation of the directions dated 15- 9-2017 passed by the Supreme Court in Writ Petition, (Civil) No 406 of 2013 titled Re-lnhuman Conditions in 1382 Prisons,” Court’s Registrar General said in an order.
The Supreme Court on September 15 had asked all high courts to register a suo moto petition to identify kin of prisoners who admittedly died an unnatural death after 2012 and award suitable compensation to them. Passing a slew of directions on prison reforms, the apex court directed all state governments to appoint counsellors and support persons for counselling prisoners, particularly first-time offenders.
The Apex Court also directed all states to study the availability of medical assistance to prisoners and take remedial steps wherever necessary.