The Delhi High Court (File Photo)
The Delhi High Court (File Photo)

HC issues notice to Delhi govt, DG Prisons over plea seeking appointment of law officers in jails

ANI | Updated: Apr 23, 2019 15:26 IST

New Delhi (India) Apr 23 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice to Delhi government and Director General, Prisons, over a plea seeking appointment of law officers in every jail in the national capital.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani after pursuing the arguments sought response from the Delhi government and DG Prisons and posted the matter for further consideration on August 29.
The petition filed by advocate Amit Sahni seeks compliance of Section 6 of Delhi Prison Act, 2000 which mandates that there shall be a Law Officer for every jail.
He also mentioned that the compliance is done by the respondents in all respect except appointing law officer for every jail. "From August 2016 to February 2019, there was no Law Officer in Prison Headquarter and that the legal affairs used to be dealt by an officer equivalent to the rank of Dy. Superintendent," the petition stated.
Sahni through his petition also states that appointment of law officers is essential for the following reasons like supervision of all legal matters, drafting and filing replies/responses to court matters, appearing in court along with government counsels, conduct research on legal issues pertaining to jail and prisoners. 
The petitioner also made a representation to the government and DG prisons but no action was taken by the respondents in this regard.
Section 6 of Delhi Prison Act, 2000, mandates that there shall be a Law Officer for every jail. Apart from the same, it further mandates that there shall be a Superintendent, Dy. Superintendent, a Medical Officer, and a welfare officer for every jail. (ANI)

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