BAR ASSOCIATION ATTENDS TO PLIGHT OF INMATES IN CENTRAL JAIL.
Jammu & Kashmir
High Court Bar Association
Ref No: JKHCBA/09/FR/02 Dated:19.9.2014.
In view of the tragic situation existing in the valley after devastating floods, the inmates in the Srinagar Central Jail have lost their houses and have no information about their family members. Most of the family members are forced live in Relief camps as they have lost their houses and hearths. They have nobody to support them and take care of them in this hour of distress. Since the courts have become dysfunctional due to floods and most of the records have been destroyed floods , there is no scope for hearing of their cases and disposal of bail applications pending in the courts. The inmates and their family members have been approaching the government through jail authorities requesting that their cases may be considered for temporary release . In view of this extraordinary situation a team of Bar Association headed by Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom visited Srinagar Central Jail on 18.9.2014 to discuss the scope of possible legal aid and assistance to such victims. It was learnt that at present there are 472 inmates lodged in this jail. About 110 inmates belonging to districts Pulwama, Kulgamm, Anantnag Gaderabal ,Budgam , Baramulla and Banidpora are worried about their families after receiving news about the devastation of floods from the visitors of various inmates. They have moved applications before the jail authorities to consider their cases for enlargement on bail or temporary release , furlough or parole . It was learnt that the jail authorities have considered their requests and forwarded the same to the Government in the Home Department. Consequently , Principal Sessions Judge Srinagar had also visited the Srinagar Central Jail to explore the possibility of taken up the bail applications etc inside the jail and reports have been called from the concerned Police Stations about these cases and thereafter the applications can be decided on the basis of these reports. The inmates have been assured that the cases will be considered on humanitarian grounds. The members of the Bar Association after coming to know about these developments have assured the inmates and the jail authorities of all possible cooperation and assistance so that these cases can be considered for their release on bail ect. The Bar has assured that the Ld CJ J&K High Court will be apprised of the situation and requested to take some immediate action in this regard as the courts are not functional at their place for the time being. A request will be made to direct the concerned Presiding Officers of courts in various affected districts inside the Jail premises for which jail authorities have shown willingness to provide assistance inside the jail and have already recommended the case to the Government.
The Bar Association has also urged lawyers to take associate themselves in coordination of on going relief work try to help the victims to maximum possible extent.
High Court Bar Association
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