Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today while
observing that denial of canteen food to prisoners is
"inhuman", summoned the Inspector General of Prisons on
A division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and Mridula
Bhatkar said "it is absolutely inhuman to deny them food like
boiled eggs or samosas."
The court will on the next hearing scrutinize the reason
behind the ban on canteen food, which was decided in a
circular issued by the Inspector General of Prisons on
September 5, 2008.
"Why would the IG issue such a notice? The prisoners can
at least be allowed to buy and eat something with their own
money," Justice Desai asked.
Public prosecutor P A Pol told the court that it is the
discretion of the IG to make the decision to which Justice
Desai said, "there should be some genuine ground as to why the
facility has been denied."
The court was hearing a petition filed by some of the
convicts in the 1993 serial blasts case seeking for eatables
from the jail canteen be made available to them.
Petitioners` lawyer Aisha Ansari had argued that this
facility was available since 1949. She contended that food
items such as chicken, eggs and mutton etc were sold in the
canteens, and prisoners could buy them with their own money.