New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has awarded a
compensation of Rs 6.54 lakh to the family members of an
accused who was killed in Tihar jail, saying it is not an
"uncommon phenomenon" in the capital`s prison.
"The custodial deaths in Tihar jail are not an uncommon
phenomenon as is evident from some of the recorded cases,"
Justice S Muralidhar said while dismissing the plea of jail
authority that the prisoner had died because of self-inflicted
Vinod Kumar was killed under mysterious circumstances
just two days after he was sent to Tihar jail under judicial
custody by a court in 2007.
"The findings clearly point to the homicidal death of
late Vinod Kumar which took place while he was in judicial
custody in the Tihar jail. A clear case of violation of his
fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution has
been made out," the court said while pointing out the
post-mortem report of the deceased.
The court passed the order on a petition filed by the
wife of the accused pleading that her husband, who was the
sole earner of family, lost his life under mysterious
circumstances leading to family`s hardship.
"It is directed that the Government of National Capital
Territory of Delhi which is in-charge of the Tihar jail
complex will pay to the wife a sum of Rs 6,54,584 which
one-third will be payable to her and one-third each to the two
children," the court said.