HC summons IG Prisons on denial of canteen food to inmates
Last Updated: Friday, February 19, 2010, 00:37
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today observed that the denial of canteen food to prisoners is "inhuman" and summoned the Inspector General of Prisons on February 26.

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 scrutinise 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 IG's discretion 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.


First Published: Friday, February 19, 2010, 00:37

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