Custodial deaths not uncommon in Tihar: Delhi HC
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.
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Growing sense of despondency in India from last 6-8 months: Aamir Khan
- 8th Ramnath Goenka Awards: Sudhir Chaudhary awarded for Excellence in Journalism
- I am surviving only on 25% of my liver today, says Big B
- Aamir Khan's 'intolerance' comment kicks up row
- Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will be built soon, says Thawar Chand Gehlot
- Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh bypoll results: As it happened on November 24
- Aamir Khan feels intolerance growing in India, says his wife suggested moving out of India
- Intolerance issue: When did ‘Incredible India’ become ‘Intolerant India’, Anupam Kher asks Aamir Khan
- Tirupati, Tirumala rains update: Temple remains open; pilgrims continue to pour in for darshan
- BJP's big poser to Aamir Khan: Is there any better neighbour for Muslims than a Hindu?