Raj: HC takes cognisance of prisoners' plight rpt

Jaipur: Taking a suo motu cognisance of a news report highlighting plight of old and sick prisoners who were entitled for premature release but are languishing in jails, the Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday asked the state government what measures were taken by it in this regard.

A division bench of Justices Dalip Singh and SS Kothari directed the authorities to place on record by March 27 that what action was taken after 2006 to consider the cases of inmates who were entitled for premature release under the Jail Rules.

The court also directed DG (Jail) Omendra Bharadwaj to file a detailed report of the number of male and female inmates above the age of 70 and 65 years respectively languishing in jails.