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December 12, 2017

Study Rajasthan model for open prisons: SC tells Centre

Supreme Court Of India

The Supreme Court, during the hearing of a case related to prison reforms, has asked the Central government to study the open prisons in Rajasthan.

Taking a note of the report filed by activist and researcher, Smita Chakraburtty on open prisons in Rajasthan, the bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also directed the govt to invite her to the meeting, and consult her, before finalizing the guidelines on open prisons.

During the hearing, Attorney General, KK Venugopal who was representing the Centre said that the States should not have any objections in studying the Rajasthan experiment, and should learn from it.

When the court asked the Centre to take the lead in framing guidelines, Venugopal said that he wanted the states to respond first, before the Centre takes any action.

Suggesting the Centre to hold a meeting with the state Directors General of Police, so that they can get instructions from their governments, the court also directed the States and Union Territories to file reply in four weeks to the proposal on open prisons.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has also been asked to hold a conference on the subject.

The matter is slated to be heard on February 21, 2018.

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