The Patna High Court on Tuesday ordered the Bihar government to pay a compensation of Rs 2.5 lakh to a woman whose husband died while in custody in Beur jail.

Justice V. N. Singh passed the order on a petition filed by Premsheela Devi seeking compensation for the death of her husband Sunil Kumar in Beur Jail due to medical negligence.

The Court directed the State government to pay the compensation to the petitioner within 60 days of its order.

The judge upheld the petitioner's contention that her husband had died in Beur Jail on December 1, 2000, due to medical negligence on the part of the jail authorities.

According to prosecution, Kumar was arrested by Kankarbagh police in connection with a robbery case in 1997 and lodged in Beur jail where he contracted tuberculosis as diagnosed on April 16, 2000.

The Beur jail authorities provided medical treatment to the undertrial, but his condition continued to worsen following which the doctors referred him to the PMCH, vide their letter dated November 12, 2000.

However, the jail authorities could not take Kumar to the PMCH for unspecified reasons and he succumbed to the ailment on December 1, 2000, in the jail. - PTI