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Drugs in jail: CBI refuses to interfere in probe

Refusing to interfere in the alleged nexus between Punjab jail and civil hospital authorities,the Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday filed its reply in an ongoing public interest litigation in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Refusing to interfere in the alleged nexus between Punjab jail and civil hospital authorities,the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday filed its reply in an ongoing public interest litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

R Upasak,Superintendent of Police (SP),CBI,filed an affidavit in the court stating that the “facts and circumstances relating to maintenance and law and order in Modern Jail,Kapurthala is the job of local police. Matter does not have any inter-state or trans-national ramifications.”

The affidavit came in response to a PIL filed by Shashi Sharma,a Jalandhar resident,demanding a CBI probe into the alleged nexus between the jail and civil hospitals’ authorities.

The petitioner had alleged that medicines and drugs were being supplied to the jail inmates in connivance with prison authorities. Demanding a CBI probe into the case,the petitioner had sought directions to register an FIR against the guilty officials for causing death and injuries to jail inmates of Modern Jail,Kapurthala.

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To this,the CBI submitted that a “special investigation team (SIT) consisting of senior Punjab Police officials can be constituted to investigate the matter.”

A prisoner had died in the Kapurthala Jail on November 20 following which other inmates had entered into a scuffle with authorities.

Alleging that the very poor medical facilities are being provided to the inmates,the petitioner had sought medical examination of prisoners who sustained injuries in the said incident.

He had also sought compensation to legal heirs of the inmate who died due to firing by jail authorities and to prisoners who sustained injuries due to lathi charge on November 20 and November 21 in the Modern Jail.

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