The Delhi High Court on Wednesday took suo motu cognisance of a report filed by a sessions court judge, stating that several persons had been forced to stay in Tihar, despite getting bail or parole, due to delay in verification of their sureties.
The court of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw took note of a letter sent by Special CBI judge L K Gaur, the inspecting judge of jail five in Tihar. The letter stated that over a period of time, Gaur has experienced inordinate delay in verification of sureties of prisoners, resulting in their delayed release.
The court issued notice to the Delhi government and directed counsel Zubeda Begum to respond to the issue.
In his letter, Gaur had sent details of 57 prisoners — who had been granted bail, parole or furlough — but had experienced several weeks of delay. “The verification of sureties could vary from three days to 64 days,” the report states.
Gaur had suggested that steps may be taken at the level of DG (prisons), to not only standardise the process of verification of sureties but to also create some agencies or cells within its office itself. These agencies can then follow up the verifications, which are sent to police superintendents of different districts, in order to ensure that they are received without any undue delay instead of his intervention in such matters.
He also stated that he had written several letters to prison authorities to rectify the issue. However a letter received on March 14 from the DG (prisons), stated that the “task of verification of sureties is the exclusive domain of police personnel and it may not be appropriate for jail authorities to encroach upon it”.