The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to give details on the number of undertrial prisoners and the corresponding number of police escorts for them.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by several inmates who had no police escorts to accompany them to courts,owing to which their trials got delayed.
In successive hearings of the case,the court had suggested the use of video-conferencing facilities to reduce the need for accused persons to remain present in court.
The suggestion was reiterated by a division bench of Justices S A Bobde and Mridula Bhatkar on Tuesday.
The court also expressed dissatisfaction over the absence of medical facilities for prisoners. It is important to have basic medical facilities,it is a constitutional right…How many prisoners are suffering like this? Justice Bobde said.
The court stressed the need to strictly follow the prison manual in issues relating to treatment of prisoners. The case has been adjourned for two weeks.