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Court rap on Bihar prisons

Patna, March 11 (PTI): Patna High Court today pulled up the Bihar government for doing little to reduce over-crowding and enhance civic amenities in prisons and directed the state government to submit reports every 15 days to the court on the work to improve the conditions.

A division bench of Justices Nagendra Rai and R.S. Garg also directed the Centre to take a decision within three weeks on a Rs 179-crore proposal submitted by the state government for construction of additional jail buildings, making provisions for drinking water and enhancing medical facilities.

The court took exception to the authorities not installing cellphone jammers in the prisons.

despite a sum of rs 38 lakh sanctioned for it and directed the officials to take steps for it at the earliest. Petitioner's counsel m p gupta highlighted poor living condition in jails of bihar where undertrials were “herded like animals”. Giving as an example, he said in motihari jail, 1,485 persons were lodged against its capacity of 335, he said. The court would next hear the case on april 7. Pti sns sk cr ady 03111758 d

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