Taking a note of the notice issued by Union Home ministry to all States and Union territories to release all under trails who have completed more than half of the maximum period of imprisonment for the crime they are facing trail on his personal bond with or without sureties, a Jammu based RTI activist Deepak Sharma has approached State Information Commission seeking a direction for jail authorities to display list and status of all under trails lodged in different jails of the state.
While referring to the decision of the Maharashtra State Chief Information Commission (SCIC) in the appeal filed by Sh. Shailesh Gandhi, former Central Information Commissioner (CIC), the activist said that the Maharashtra SCIC has directed prison authorities to display details of under trials who have completed over 50% of the maximum prison term they are liable for.
The activist shared that taking the cue from his Maharashtra counterpart ,Sh. Jannat Hussain, Chief Information Commissioner Andhra Pradesh, is also going to direct the competent authorities to make public the details of such under trails.
Showing serious concern over a recent case in which a man remained in the jail of the state for four years even after the acquittal by the Court in a murder case, Deepak said that because of the callous attitudes of the officials most of the times the under trails and prisoners are devoid of their rights and moreover because of the over burdening of the courts in the state many time it takes years together to dispose even minor offences and most of the under trails remains in jail during trial period which often lasts for decades .