Custodial death: Delhi HC appoints Amicus Curiae
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Last Updated: Monday, May 10, 2010, 19:52
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today appointed Advocate Rajesh Mahajan as Amicus Curiae to assist the court in a case of alleged custodial death in Tihar jail last month.

Accepting a copy of the inquest report prepared by Metropolitan Magistrate over the incident, a Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta directed that a copy of the inquest report be given to Mahajan and fixed hearing on the matter on May 17.

Sunder, a murder convict, died during an alleged fight among prison inmates and jail authorities on February 2.

The Magistrate, in the report, has stated the convict was beaten up with a blunt object and there scars on his neck and other parts of the body.

According to the report, Sunder was beaten up by two prison inmates Hansraj and Akbar and two jail officials Sardare and Surender Rana.

On receipt of a letter, sent by the Union Law Ministry based on a complaint from Madan Kishore, another brother of the deceased, the Bench converted it into a PIL and took suo motu cognisance and sought a status report from the jail authorities.

According to Madan Kishore, the family of the deceased was informed about the death on February 13 but the incident had taken place on February 2 and Sunder succumbed to injuries a week after the fight.

He claimed Manoj informed the family that during the fight Sunder was beaten up badly by other two inmates with iron rods in the presence of two jail officials.

The complainant alleged no action has been taken so far against either the jail officials or the inmates.


First Published: Monday, May 10, 2010, 19:52

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