Life convict ‘gets’ HIV in jail,wants compensation

The convict moved the apex court after his appeal was dismissed in August.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:December 14, 2013 2:19 am

A person undergoing life term in a murder case moved the Supreme Court Friday for his release from jail and a compensation of Rs 75 lakh for having contracted HIV and another infection allegedly during his incarceration.

His appeal against the dismissal of his plea in the Punjab and Haryana High Court was mentioned before a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam,which posted the matter for hearing before an appropriate Bench on December 17.

The convict moved the apex court after his appeal was dismissed in August last year by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He submitted that he has been lodged in a Punjab jail since 2007,when the offence was committed,and during his incarceration he contracted HIV and then Hepatitis C.

In his plea filed through advocate Manohar Singh Bakshi,the convict blamed the “faulty system,arbitrary working and negligence” of the jail authorities for his afflictions and has also sought a investigation into how he contracted the diseases while in prison.

He sought guidelines in the interest of other convicts and undertrials lodged in central jails,while alleging inaction on the part of the jail authorities for not providing proper treatment.

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