Central Jail Amritsar
has set up a Legal Aid Cell with a view to provide free legal aid to the poor
and underprivileged prisoners facing charges for petty offences and languishing
in jails for a long time. The cell, which paved way to the release of more than
550 poor prisoners persons so far involved in petty offence, was established with
the support of some of the prisoners having knowledge and interest in legal proceedings.
Gurdev Singh, District and Sessions Judge addresses the inmates
active partners of this Legal Aid Cell are:
Legal Services Authority
for Social Action (NGO)
of Amritsar Bar Association
beneficiaries are of the following categories:
Persons involved in petty cases and having undergone a considerable period in
the jail with the trial still going on.
Persons under judicial custody involved in Excise cases where the Magistrate has
no jurisdiction to try such cases as per amended Punjab Excise Act 2003. These
persons have been released on personal bond.
The prisoners against whom, charge sheets have not been filed by the police despite
expiry of the stipulated period of 60/90 days. These persons are not able to furnish
sureties because of economic constraints.
Ramdev appreciating the functioning of Legal Aid Cell
This cell has
also done appreciable job when two prisoners were to be hanged on October 16,2006.
We got stay order from the Hon'ble Supreme Court.
Unnecessary and illegal detention of prisoners not only amounts to gross violation
of human rights but also adds an extra burden on the state exchequer. A report
of the 'National Human Rights Commission' also says - "Indeed in most of the jails,
there is a predominance of under trials. Many of them who have committed petty
offences are languishing in jails, because their cases are not being decided early
for reasons which it is not necessary to reiterate."