AMN / NEW DELHI
The Supreme Court Wednesday said it would constitute a committee under the chairmanship of a retired Supreme Court judge to look into problems in jails, including overcrowding. The Committee will also suggest measures to deal with the problems.
The apex court saidthe committee for prison reforms would also have two or three officials fromthe government of India to look into the issues, including that of womenprisoners languishing in jails across the country. The bench has fixed thematter for hearing on the 17th of this month.
A bench comprising Justices M B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta expressed its displeasure that the government has collected a huge amount under the orders of the apex court but the funds are not being utilised properly. The court was hearing a matter relating to inhuman conditions prevailing in 1,382 prisons across the country.