Chennai, Sep 25 (UNI) In a startling disclosure, the Tamil Nadu Government has informed Madras High Court that 662 undertrial prisoners have been lodged in various prisons in the state without their judicial remand being extended.
Following the government's submission before the court on a habeas corpus petition last evening, a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice P D Dinakaran and Justice R Regupathy took serious note of this and directed the DGP, ADGP and the Home Secretary to take steps to regulate the remand extension of these prisoners within two days.
The Bench said the magistrate concerned should go to the prison concerned and extend the remand of these prisoners.
It said the ADGP, through the Home Secretary, should file his recommendations to avoid such problems in future to the court.
The Bench, however, dismissed the habeas corpus petition filed by one Navaneethakrishnan, who contended that his brother Kanagaraj of Tiruchendur, involved in three cases, was illegally detained without his remand being extended.
The petitioner contended that of the three cases, he was serving life imprisonment in Coimbatore prison in a murder case. The other two cases were robbery and a murder case registered against him in suburban Tambaram.
He was remanded on August 31, 2004 in connection with the robbery case while in respect of the murder case, he was not produced before the court for remand extension after September 29, 2006.
When the petition came up for hearing, the Bench suo motu asked the state government to furnish details of undertrial prisoners lodged in prisons without getting their remand extended.