Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday directed
the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and Collector of
Raigad district to conduct an inquiry into the air, water and
noise pollution around Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai.
The court has sought a report on this within four weeks.
The order was passed by a division bench of Justices B
H Marlapalle and UD Salvi, while hearing a letter written by
an inmate of the jail, Ramesh Upadhyay, accused in the
September 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case.
"Concerned officer from the Maharashtra Pollution Control
Board and Collector of Raigad to conduct an inquiry about air,
water and noise pollution arising out of numerous factories
around Taloja Jail," Justice Marlapalle directed.
Upadhyay, a retired Major, who has been lodged in Taloja
Jail since July last year, in his letter to the High Court
complained that due to chemical factories and other
construction activities in the vicinity of the jail, he and
several other inmates are facing health problems.
"I am suffering from respiratory problems, tonsillitis,
skin irritation and itching in eyes because of the pollution.
I request the court to direct the jail authorities to shift me
to Yerwada jail," Upadhyay said in the letter.