Tihar asked to provide medical care to terminally ill prisoners

February 19th, 2009 - 10:36 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Thursday asked Tihar jail authorities to provide medial facilities to terminally ill inmates and directed the trial court to wrap up the proceedings against ill inmates at the earliest.
Justice Pradeep Nandrajog expressed concern about the ill inmates after he last week visited India’s largest and high-security jail.

Replying to the court query, the jail authorities said that of 14 inmates who are suffering from HIV/AIDS, one has died, two were acquitted earlier this week, one is out on bail and one is still in jail and his trial is pending in the trial court.

They said the remaining nine inmates’ appeals were pending in the Delhi High Court. The court then asked the registry to check these cases and dispose them of at the earliest.

Earlier the court said: “From the 12 medical records, it was evident that the said 16 terminally ill patients had no more than two to six months to live. These patients require special medical attention which was not available in the jail hospital.”

The court then directed the jail authorities to provide names of all other terminally ill inmates in jail.

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