The Delhi High Court, on a PIL regarding basic amenities like clean drinking water and sanitation has asked the Delhi Govt’s response, this was seen in the case of Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee v. Govt. of NCT of Delhi, presided over by division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad.
FACTS OF THE CASE
A Public Interest Litigation was filed in Delhi High Court seeking clean drinking water and proper sanitary conditions in Tihar Jail. The plea moved by Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee stating that depriving basic amenities to the jail inmates is an outright violation of the Delhi Prison Rules and Model Jail Manual.
Highlights of observations stated in the plea were-
- In an inspection it was found that adequate and clean drinking water was not being made available in the premises of the Tihar jail.
- Condition of washrooms and toilets were very poor and that the same needed repair.
- The report also said that the living conditions in the jail are poor “as there was a manhole in the premises which was filled with stagnant water which had began to spill out.
JUDGEMENT OF THE CASE
The court granted six weeks’ time to the Delhi Government for filing its response, while posting the matter for hearing next on April 14, 2023.
“Depriving the inmates of Tihar Jail of basic amenities such as access to clean and adequate drinking water, sanitation, an overall hygienic environment and clean and private washrooms/toilets, is in outright violation of the Delhi Prison Rules as also the Model Jail Manual. Such deprivation is also in contravention to the accepted international rules and guidelines for prisoners,” the plea reads.
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JUDGEMENT REVIEWED BY VYSHNAVI KRISHNAN.