Bihar Human Rights Commission has awarded compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the widow of Naresh Mahto, an undertrial who died in custody in 2000.
Mahto was lodged at Sasaram divisional jail in Rohtas where he died on May 24, 2000. On Tuesday, rights panel chairperson Justice S.N. Jha issued an order, asking the secretary of the home (special) department to compensate his widow, Tetari Devi, within six weeks of the receipt of the copy of the order.
The commission took up the matter on the directive of the Patna High Court after Justice Navniti Prasad Singh referred Tetariís complaint to it in June 20, 2012.
According to her complaint, her husband was arrested in connection with a murder case lodged with the Sasaram police station in Rohtas district and subsequently lodged in the divisional jail on September 7, 1998.
A few weeks after the death of her husband, Tetari had lodged a complaint in Supreme Court accusing the jail officials of negligence. She alleged that her husband was not provided proper medical treatment at the jail.
Taking a cognisance of the complaint Supreme Court sought a detailed report from the inspector-general (prisons), Bihar, and after perusal, forwarded Tetariís complaint to Patna High Court for suitable action. The high court subsequently called for a report from the district and sessions judge of Rohtas.
On the basis of the report of the district and sessions judge of Rohtas (November 16, 2002), a complaint was formally lodged and proceedings started. However, the court on June 20, 2012 handed over the matter to the state rights panel.
Commission member and former director-general of police Neel Mani has summoned deputy inspector general of Saharsa Sanjay Singh and Madhepura superintendent of police Saurabh Kumar and asked them to personally appear before the commission on December 17 for inordinate delay in the investigation of a murder case.