`Undertrials on murder charges will have to wear uniforms`
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 09, 2010, 14:28
Mumbai: Undertrials who are facing murder charges will have to wear uniforms in prison, Bombay High Court has said.

A prisoner lodged in Thane central jail had filed a petition, contending that he was being forced to wear prison uniform, which is not mandatory for undertrials.

Dinesh Shivdasan, the petitioner, is facing murder charges.

However, additional public prosecutor Vitthal Konde-Deshmukh pointed out when the matter came up for hearing yesterday that as per section 4 (I) of the Jail Manual, undertrial prisoners facing murder charge have to wear uniform, though other undertrials are exempted.

Therefore, division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and Mrudula Bhatkar said that the petitioner will have to wear uniform, as per the rules.

Interestingly, earlier, the division bench of Justices Bilal Nazki and A R Joshi had ruled in another case that undertrials need not wear uniform.

Dinesh, in the present petition, had relied on this ruling. However, advocate Konde-Deshmukh said that in that case, the prosecutor did not point the special rule for murder-accused.

High Court will now constitute a new bench consisting of Justice Joshi (as Justice Nazaki has retired) to modify the earlier ruling, Deshmukh told reporters later.


First Published: Tuesday, February 09, 2010, 14:28

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