Staff Report

The inmate was allegedly beaten to death by two convicts and two jail officials during a quarrel

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Monday granted a compensation of Rs. 3 lakh to the family of a Tihar Central Jail inmate who was allegedly beaten to death by two convicts and two jail officials during a quarrel in February this year.

The compensation was granted by a Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice Deepak Misra and Justice Madan B. Lokur, rejecting a compensation of Rs.1 lakh offered by the Delhi Government.

Granting the compensation, the Bench observed that the failure on the part of the Government to ensure safety of the victim had resulted in violation of his Fundamental Right.

The accused in the case are being prosecuted by the Delhi Police. They have been booked under 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.

The jail officials -- the Head Warder and the Warder -- have been put under suspension. The inquest report on the death of the inmate said the Head Warder and the Warder along with the two inmates were involved in beating the victim.

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

The Bench later disposed of the petition with a direction to the Director-General of the jail to file a compliance report on the implementation of the compensation order.

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