Nearly three lakh undertrials are languishing in various jails of the country and chief justices of the 24 high courts have been requested to direct the lower judiciary to review all cases where such persons are eligible for bail and can be released.
The Supreme Court order directing release of undertrial prisoners who have spent half of the maximum sentence prescribed for their offences would ensure protection of civil rights and principle of natural justice, says senior advocate Bhim Singh.
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered release of all undertrial prisoners who have spent half of the maximum sentence prescribed for the offences they are charged with, bringing much needed relief to poor people who are languishing in jails as they are not able to pay sureties and bail bond to get out of jail.
Six under-trials at the Nashik Central Jail, who were charged under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) last year, have been booked for attacking police personnel on duty and attempting to snatch their service revolver at a court here, police said Thursday.
Five police personnel were injured including two of them seriously, as armed persons allegedly opened fire on a police team escorting two undertrials in the Andhra Pradesh Express and escaped with the prisoners.
Two undertrials escaped from
Tihar Jail this evening while being shifted to prison from
de-addiction centre but one was arrested while a search is on
for the other who is believed to be inside the complex.
The BJP on Thursday demanded a judicial probe into the sensational claim of two undertrials in Tihar jail that they were provided weapons to kill two top Commonwealth Games officials currently lodged in the high security prison.