Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday summoned the Tihar Jail Superintendent to explain delay in registration of an FIR in the matter of death of an inmate in a quarrel between him and two other inmates in the jail complex in February this year.

A Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta asked the Jail Superintendent to appear before it on Thursday.

The Court has converted a letter written to Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily by the brother of the victim regarding the incident into a petition. The brother of the victim had written the letter to the Minister when the jail authorities took no action on his complaint about the death of his brother in the quarrel. The Minister had sent the letter to Justice Lokur, the Acting Chief Justice.

“Warders involved”

The victim's brother alleged that the Warder and the Deputy Warder of the ward in which the victim, Sundar, along with his other brother, Manoj, is lodged and serving life imprisonment in a murder case, were also involved in beating up Sundar with iron rods. The jail authorities in their reply informed the Court that they had lodged an FIR about the incident on May 4 at the Hari Nagar police station in West Delhi on the basis of CCTV footage of the incident.

When the Bench asked the investigating officer of the case, who was present in the Court, about the footage, he informed that on making enquiries the jail authorities informed him that it had been destroyed.

He said the jail authorities informed him that they destroy CCTV footages after a certain period.