SC raps J&K over lack of foresight in Sanaullah attack
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday frowned on the failure of the Jammu and Kashmir government to anticipate the possibility of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah being attacked in jail in the wake of the death of Sarabjit Singh after being assaulted in a Lahore jail.
“You must have visualised that if something has happened in Pakistan, you should have taken precautions. You cannot allow rule of law to be compromised. Such incidents compromise rule of law,” a bench of Justice RM Lodha and Justice Kurien Joseph said.
The court expressed its anguish when approached by PIL petitioner Bhim Singh, seeking direction to the government to repatriate Sanaullah Ranjay to Pakistan.
Sanaullah was critically injured by fellow inmates on May 03. The incident occurred even as relatives of Sarabjit Singh were getting his funeral pyre ready in Punjab.
Sarabjit Singh, a death row prisoner, had been fatally attacked in a Lahore jail on April 26.
Observing that the life of jailed inmates could not be endangered or jeopardised, Justice Lodha said “You should have known that Pakistani prisoners are lodged in your jail and something can happen.”
“Merely because a person is lodged in jail, his right to life under Article 21 does not go,” Justice Lodha said, adding that the state should have visualised such a situation and put in place all the steps so such a thing would not happen.
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