New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought
a status report from the Centre on the Prisoners Of War (POW)
released by Pakistan government on a PIL seeking a direction
to the government to come out with a list of exact number
of prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv
Khanna asked advocate Jatan Singh, the Centre`s counsel, to
file an affidavit by October 12 giving details about the
number of prisoners released recently.
In addition, the bench asked the government to give
details about the names and their offences for which they were
The order came after the counsel submitted the people
released by Pakistan government were convicts.
The Bench was hearing a PIL filed by Madangopal
Khushiram Paul, a human rights activist, through counsel K M
Paul, bringing it to court`s notice that the families of POWs
have been running from pillar to post to know about their
According to the petitioner, neither the Defence
Ministry nor the Ministry of External Affairs has come out
with a proper list and the families were in darkness so far
about the condition of the POWs.
Claiming that he had obtained information through RTI
application, the petitioner alleged names of some 1965 POWs
have been repeated in the list of 1971 POWs, giving rise to
confusion among the families of the victims.