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Zero tolerance to custodial violence: Court

The court pulled up jail authorities for hiding an incident where undertrial Sanjay was allegedly assaulted by prison staff.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
July 18, 2014 2:05:10 am

A Delhi court has observed that custodial violence was a “serious issue” over which courts should have “zero tolerance”.

The court on Thursday pulled up jail authorities for hiding an incident, in which an undertrial Sanjay, facing trial in a dacoity case, was allegedly assaulted by prison staff. When Sanjay was produced before Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau, the court noticed that his left hand had a fracture, there were stitches on his left leg, swelling in both legs, bruises and scratches on his back.

“I may observe that custodial violence in any form is a serious issue and the courts are required to exhibit zero tolerance for the same being violation of human rights as well as the statutory rights of a person in custody,” the judge observed. The court ordered an inquiry into the incident.

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