The Delhi High Court has sought answers from the AAP government on two petitions seeking immunization of all suicide prisoners and convicts who were on interim bail to prevent Kovid-19 hotspots.
The Delhi government was issued notice on Monday by a bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh and asked to put their side of the petition till March 26, while asking them to take action on the issue “immediately”.
Rahul Mehra, the permanent lawyer (criminal) of the Delhi government, assured the bench that “there is nothing to worry as everything is under control”.
He also told the court that “there has been no outbreak of COVID-19 in prisons”.
The bench directed the government to explain in its affidavit the steps it has already taken and what it proposes to do.
The court also remarked that the plea became an excuse to keep prisoners in jail, parole or furloughs out for long periods.
The bench said that while committing a crime or offenses, such persons should know what can happen if they are sent to jail by the courts.
One of the two petitions sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case by a 63-year-old woman who demanded that all prisoners, especially those over 60 years old, on bail, parole or furlough before their surrender. Vaccines were vaccinated.
What is the argument about this?
In her petition filed through advocate Amit Sahni, the woman has also sought the vaccination of jail staff, security persons and all prisoners lodged in jails in the national capital.
A similar petition has also been moved by four lawyers – Abhilasha Shravat, Prabhash, Karthik Malhotra and Manav Narula – asking the Delhi government to “arrange and facilitate vaccination to all prisoners who were out on bail”. .
Both the petitions claimed that as of 14 January, Delhi’s three jails had 16,396 inmates with a capacity of 10,026 simultaneously and, therefore, not enough space to maintain social distance.
The petitioners have argued that with more inmates surrendering in the coming days, there may not be enough space to keep them in quarantine for 14 days and, therefore, it was necessary to vaccinate inmates who are out on bail, parole or furlough. But he was locked up in jail.
(With inputs from PTI)