Staff Reporter

For his failure to prevent use of mobile phones by inmates

‘Confiscate mobiles if found with any inmate'

‘Tighten frisking of visitors to the jail to meet inmates'

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the Director-General (Prisons) of Tihar Central Jail here for his failure to prevent use of mobile phones by inmates.

A Division Bench of the Court comprising Chief Justice Deepak Misra and Justice Madan B. Lokur asked the Director-General, who was present in the Court, to launch a search in the prisons and confiscate mobiles if any inmate was found to be in possession of one.

The Bench further directed him to tighten frisking of visitors to the jail to meet inmates because it was suspected that the mobile phones reach the inmates through them.

The Bench passed the directions on a report sent by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Delhi, Kaveri Baweja, about the inmates possessing mobile phones. She had sent the report after submission of a probe report by Commissioner of Police Sanjeev Yadav of the Special Cell to her on a court order.

A lower court here had asked Mr. Yadav to conduct the probe into an allegation of inmates possessing mobile phones when an under-trial prisoner had produced a SIM card before it and alleged that several inmates, including terrorists lodged there, possessed mobile phones.

The police officer had in his report said there was some substance in the allegation of the under-trial prisoner. Later Ms. Baweja had forwarded the report with her observations to the High Court.

The Court later disposed of the matter.