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SC Constitutes Committee For Prison Reforms, Headed By Its Former Judge Amitava Roy

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| September 25 , 2018 , 15:24 IST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday constituted a three-member committee headed by former judge of the apex court, Justice Amitava Roy, to look into the aspect of jail reforms across the nation and has asked them to submit regular reports on the same.

A single judge bench presided by Justice Madan B Lokur ruled that the committee will look into the issues relating to prison including the issue of overcrowding in the jails.

Earlier in August this year the apex court had reserved it’s judgment on the matter pertaining to form a committee to address the issues pertaining to jails and suggest reforms for prisons across the country.

The Court had earlier observed that the shocking level of overcrowding in Indian prisons was a violation of fundamental rights of the inmates.

Earlier this year, the Court had also set up a panel to identify the issues that plagued Indian prisons. These directions were made in a PIL registered by the Supreme Court in 2013 subsequent to a letter by former Chief Justice of India, RC Lahoti. In his letter, Justice Lahoti highlighted the abysmal state of affairs in 1382 prisons in India.