Delhi High Court Orders The Inspection Of A Detention Centre’s Living Conditions By A Judicial Officer

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi High Court Orders The Inspection Of A Detention Centre’s Living Conditions By A Judicial Officer Sparsh Upadhyay13 Nov 2020 12:46 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Monday (09th November) directed the Principal District & Sessions Judge (HQs.) to depute a Judicial Officer to visit a detention centre located in Delhi and inspect the same with respect to the conditions prevailing there.The Bench of Justice J. R. Midha and Justice Brijesh Sethi was hearing the plea of one Ruma Bibi, whose husband (alleged to be a Pakistani…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Monday (09th November) directed the Principal District & Sessions Judge (HQs.) to depute a Judicial Officer to visit a detention centre located in Delhi and inspect the same with respect to the conditions prevailing there.The Bench of Justice J. R. Midha and Justice Brijesh Sethi was hearing the plea of one Ruma Bibi, whose husband (alleged to be a Pakistani national) has been kept in a detention centre [Sewa Sadan Deportation Centre Narela Lampur Village, Delhi] after he completed his jail sentence.Plea of the PetitionerIt has been alleged in the plea moved through Advocates Ajay Verma and Mehak Nakra that the husband of the petitioner is presently detained in the detention centre, and the condition of the Centre is very pathetic for want of cleanliness and hygiene and no medical facilities are being provided to the detainees there.It was also submitted before the Court that the detainees are not permitted to communicate with their families and their counsels, and no legal aid is being provided to them.In the plea, it has further been stated that the Petitioner, along with her husband and two children used to live at Kolkata and in the year 2012, her husband was arrested from the New Delhi Railway Station and was booked under the Official Secrets Act and the Foreigner’s Act.Further, he was convicted and sentenced by a trial court and after the completion of his sentence in April 2020, he was released from jail was sent to ‘Sewa Sadan Deportation Centre in Narela Lampur Village, Delhi’ for the purpose of deportation.In the plea it has also been submitted that a representation was filed with the concerned authorities that the husband of the petitioner be released as his detention is illegal, but the concerned authorities did not pay heed to the representation.Lastly, it was submitted that a Judicial Officer be directed to visit the detention centre and submit a report to the High Court with respect to the condition in the detention centre.Court’s orderThe Bench, in its order said,”In the peculiar facts and circumstances of this case, the Principal District & Sessions Judge (HQs.) is directed to depute a Judicial Officer to visit the detention centre and inspect the same with respect to the conditions prevailing there.”Further, the Court directed,”If the concerned Judicial Officer finds any shortcomings in the detention centre, the immediate steps shall be taken by the concerned authorities to remove the shortcomings within a specified time and the Judicial Officer shall again visit detention centre to verify whether the shortcomings have been removed or not. The report be submitted to this Court in a sealed cover before the next date of hearing.”Significantly, the Court has also permitted the Counsels for the petitioner to submit a short note with respect to the grievances of the petitioner to the concerned Judicial Officer within a period of one week.The matter has been listed for further hearing on Wednesday (16th December, 2020).In related news, the Gauhati High Court on Wednesday (October 7) directed the Assam Government to take steps to shift the foreigners detentions centres outside the jail premises.Case title – Ruma Bibi v. State and ors. [W.P.(CRL) 902/2020]Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img


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