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Hc Pulls Up Govt On No Video Conference Facility In State’s Jails | Jaipur News

Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court made strong remarks during the hearing in the matter related to jail reforms, asking the government “why the court directive of no physical production of prisoners in courts except in special circumstances was not followed?”
A division bench of chief justice Augustine George Masih and justice Sameer Jain was hearing a suo moto petition and sought a detailed report on videoconferencing facilities in jails by the next hearing on August 21.
Referring to the recent incident of the killing of a murder accused on way to a Bharatpur court, the bench said that despite the court’s orders against it, the prisoner was taken to Bharatpur by a bus. Not only the safety of common people was put at risk but the loss of time of seven jail guards and their free travel on state roadways buses caused loss to the state public transport as well, the bench said.
The court asked the state government why the facility of video conference (VC) was not available in jails yet. The court asked the government to reply on what action was taken in compliance with the order of the court earlier on 45 points on jail reforms.
During the hearing, amicus curiae Prateek Kasliwal said that the state government was not serious about following the court orders. The court directive was that the prisoners be allowed to appear before the court by video conference, but the prisoner was taken by bus and was murdered.

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