Lawrence Bishnoi’s jail interview: Punjab High Court summons ADGP Prisons over delayed inquiry report
Chandigarh, November 27, 2023: As per media reports, a Division Bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction with the progress in the inquiry before summoning Additional Director General, Prisons.
Earlier Punjab and Haryana High Court described Lawrence Bishnoi’s in-custody interview as a matter of grave concern.
According to the news published in The Tribune, among other things, he has been asked to explain why the report has not been submitted.
The Bench of Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal and Justice Kirti Singh asserted a committee was constituted on March 29 to inquire into the recording and telecast of the interview by a suspect in custody.
He was stated to be in judicial custody when the interview was telecast, but the report had not been submitted even after eight months by the committee.
“We are not satisfied with the progress in the inquiry and the explanation being offered for the delay in its conclusion.
We, therefore, direct the Additional Director General, Prisons, Punjab, to be present in court on the next date of hearing to explain why the report has not been submitted till date.
He would also apprise the court about the measures taken by the jail authorities to stop the usage of mobile phone by the jail inmates and the calls for extortion,” the Bench observed.
As the case came up for resumed hearing, the State counsel referred to affidavits by the Additional Director-General of Prisons submits that the committee, constituted to inquire into the recording and telecast of interview by Bishnoi, would require some more time to submit its report.
She also submit that efforts were on to stop the smuggling of mobile phones in the jails and its usage by the inmates.