PHC CJ inspects Charsadda, Swabi jails, order to protect inmate rights

F.P. Report

SWABI: Chief Justice Peshawar High Court, Justice Musarrat Hilali paid a surprise visit to the Judicial Complex Swabi and Sub-Jails of Swabi and Charsadda, while ordered prison’s officials to pay attention to rights of inmates, on Saturday.

During the visit, her ladyship observed the court proceedings and merged among the female litigants to learn about their problems and expedite solutions thereto. Her ladyship directed the District and Session Judge Swabi to deal with the matters of litigants efficiently and expedite the long pending family court cases.

Her ladyship was pleased to notice female court staff including reader, computer operator and naib Qasid. Besides, she also met with bar representatives and visited Sub-Jail Swabi. She expressed her satisfaction about general area hygiene, standard of food and space in the barracks. Superintended Jail apprised her about frequent electricity load shedding.

District and Session Judge was directed to take up the matter with PESCO for immediate resolution. During visit to Sub-jail Swabi her ladyship met with prisoners and listened to their problems regarding trials.

It was learnt that some prisoners were being interned in small and petty nature cases. Her ladyship ordered the District and Session Judge Swabi for immediate remedial actions. Her ladyship also instructed the Judicial Magistrate to conduct a Jail visit and decide petty nature cases at the earliest.

At Sub-Jail Charsadda, the Chief Justice visited all the barracks individually and found them over crowded. Superintendent Jail and District and Session Judge Charsadda highlighted the need for acquisition of additional land to address the space challenge. Her ladyship assured to raise this critical point at appropriate forums.

District and Session Judge Charsadda was ordered to enlist the problems brought out by the inmates, resolve petty nature cases on priority and arrange prosecutor for deserving cases. Chief Justice also visited the dispensary, expressed satisfaction over the arrangements of Jail Superintendent and instructed him to pay attention to the rights of the inmates.