Hearing on a petition seeking release of certain inmates from the jails considering the Covid-19 surge, the Uttarakhand high court has issued notices to the State government and the director general of police. The division bench of chief justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and justice Alok Kumar Verma has sought a reply to the notice within three weeks.
According to the case details, Haridwar resident Omveer Singh has contended in the court that last year during the pandemic, the Supreme Court had directed the formation of a high powered committee. The apex court had also directed all the state governments that during the pandemic, such prisoners who were undertrials or in whose cases the verdict is pending should be released on bail or parole. The high court has asked the state government about the situation in the jails located in the state. It has also asked whether there are more inmates than the capacity of the jail. The state has also been asked what arrangements have been made for medicines, vaccination, oxygen and beds for the inmates. The State government is to submit a detailed report on these aspects within three weeks in the court.