This petition was filed after the HRLN lawyers visiting Tihar jail became aware of various instances of torture and corrupt practices on prison premises. These specifically targeted poor undertials and indicated a nexus between hardened criminals and jail staff.
The petition described witnesses’ accounts of torture and prayed for an inquiry to be conducted and for the appointment of a special human rights officer to look into such complaints.
The High Court vide order dated 12.09.12 has ordered an inquiry, into all such issues and devise ways to address these issues.
The inquiry is being conducted by the Jail visiting Additional Sessions Judges.