GUWAHATI: The Gauhati High Court has directed the Assam government to arrange for vaccination of the around 4,000 of the 11,398 jail inmates, who are yet to be vaccinated.
This direction was given by a Bench of the Chief Justice of the High Court, Sudhanshu Dhulia, and Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak after hearing the PIL (Suo Moto) No. 4/2020, on Wednesday here. The Bench observed, "Presently 11,398 persons have been locked up in different jails in Assam out of which only 7524 have been vaccinated. It has further been stated that out of these 7524 inmates, only 175 have been fully vaccinated. In fact, close to 4000 inmates are still to be vaccinated.
"We hereby issue an interim mandamus directing the concerned authorities to vaccinate the remaining inmates as early as possible. Additional Senior Government Advocate, Assam, R.K. Bora, assured the Court that "the remaining inmates would be vaccinated most likely within a period of two weeks".
The case is listed for hearing on July 28, 2021.