Bengaluru: Suo motu probe into unnatural prison deaths

Advocate made amicus curiae to check if kin got compensation.

BENGALURU: The High Court on Wednesday appointed senior advocate Dhyan Chinnappa as amicus curiae (to assist the court) in a suomotu case with respect to unnatural deaths in prisons.

The court has taken up the case following a Supreme Court’s direction to chief justices of high courts over unnatural deaths in prisons across the country.

The apex court had asked high courts to register petitions on their own to find out the next kin of prisoners, who died unnatural deaths between 2012 and 2015, as revealed by the National Crime Records Bureau data, and to award them with suitable compensation if it has not been done yet.

A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice H.G. Ramesh and Justice P.S. Dinesh Kumar have asked Chinappa to undertake a detailed study in respect of such deaths in prisons.

The bench has further asked Chinappa to find out whether compensations were paid to the families of the deceased in such cases or not.

Palike told to respond to IRC guidelines The High Court on Wednesday asked BBMP to file its response to the query of non-compliance of Indian Road Congress (IRC) guidelines in connection with the proposed steel bridge on Hare-Krishna Road at Shivananda Circle.

Local residents have challenged the recent order of the Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development Department, rejecting the representation submitted by them against the proposed steel bridge.

The petitioners allege that the design of the bridge was not in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Indian National Congress (IRC) charter.

The court has asked BBMP to give a detailed response to the application filed by the petitioners.

Scribes plea against Assembly diktat After the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday unanimously upheld a resolution imposing a one-year prison sentence and a fine of Rs 10,000 on editors of two Kannada tabloids for breach of privilege and rejected their plea to condone the punishment, the two journalists, Ravi Belagere and Anil Raj, have moved the High Court challenging the action.

Members cutting across party lines had opposed the editors' plea on condoning the punishment and unanimously demanded immediate execution of the resolution passed by the House on June 21, 2017.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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