STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI:
The Gauhati High Court has sought details from the Assam Government regarding the number of prisoners who are lodged in various state jails and are liable to be released now in pursuance of the May 7 direction of the Supreme Court.
A division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Barua gave two days' time to Government Advocate R Dhar to study the matter and come out with further details as sought. He was asked to put up details of the prisoners on May 19, 2021.
Earlier the Court passed an order on May 11, in which "the State counsel has given certain details of persons who are in jail and having children. These children are all aged less than six years and as their mothers have been declared as foreigners, they are presently in jail with their mothers since as per the Jail Manual; children who are less than six years of age can stay with their mothers in jail. Learned State counsel shall give the details of all such persons who have been declared as foreigner and the period for which they have been put in jail to Mr. J. Payeng within 48 hours." The court ordered also said, "Learned State counsel shall also give the details of all such persons who are eligible to be released from jail in the present COVID-19 pandemic situation in view of the criteria laid down by this Court earlier as well as by the Apex Court in its earlier judgment."