The Central Information Commission has directed the Tihar Jail authorities to give ‘release related’ information to undertrial prisoners to enable them to be released.

In a second appeal filed by Ms Divya Iyer, the Information Commissioner Prof M Sridhar Acharyulu stated that it was the constitutional responsibility and statutory obligation of the Governments to review each case of under-trial prisoner and take appropriate action including release of the prisoner and inform the prisoners concerned and the concerned authorities.

A screenshot of the order from the Central Information Commission.
A screenshot of the order from the Central Information Commission.

Professor Acharyulu also directed the Home Department to issue directives to all Jail authorities to prepare the list of under-trial prisoners supposed to be released from time to time at least for every quarter, informing the fact of their release. Any such release of under-trial prisoner cannot be delayed for the sake of report or publication of information.

Divya Iyer sought information regarding steps taken by the Home Department, Government of India towards the implementation of the Central Directive No. V-13013/70/2012-IS (VI) dated 17.01.2013 issued by Government of India Ministry of Home Affairs to the Home Secretaries to all States.

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Source: Live Law