Raj High Court directs authorities to hold probe in Jail affairs

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Jaipur, Nov 29(UNI) The Rajasthan High Court has directed the Director General Jails Administration to hold a probe into the complaints of irregularities and corruption in jails in the state.

High Court Judge Justice K S Rathore, while hearing a letter petition sent by an Ajmer Jail inmate in 2004, yesterday, also directed DG Jails to take subsequent appropriate action against guilty personnel if such activities are noticed in the probe.

A prisoner Puran Singh had sent a letter to the High Court in 2004 to complain that the personnel in Ajmer jail were indulged in money extortion, inhuman behaviour with jail inmates, in gross irregularities and corrupt practices in routine affairs.

The court had treated the letter as petition and had issued notices to the State government.

In its reply to notices the government had told the court that an FIR had already been lodged in this regard against Ajmer Jail personnel, at the Rajasthan State Bureau of Investigation, the anti- corruption wing of the Rajasthan Police, wayback in 2003.

However, the court yesterday directed DG Jails to hold a probe in all jails to rule out the possibility or such activities and to take appropriate action if such practices were detected in the probe.

Incidently, a raid was conducted in Jaipur Central Jail on Monday night to the complaints of nexus between some inmates and jail personnel. The raiding party had seized 7 mobiles with chargers, FM Radio and Rs 1200 cash from two jail wards.


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