Cops need to visit jails for inspection regularly: Additional Director General of Police
Under section 59 of the Prisons Act, 1894, the State government has made rules called, ‘The
Maharashtra Visitors of Prisons Rules, 1962’ and appointed ex-officio visitors from various departments to visit the jails including police officials.
According to these rules, visitors may at the time of their visits make a note of the number of prisoners confined in undertrial yards and their respective periods of detention and may make a report in the ‘Visitors’ Book’ about the cases of undertrial prisoners which appear to have been unduly delayed beyond the prescribed period of three months.
“All visitors may inspect the barracks, cells, wards, worksheds and other buildings of the prison, ascertain whether considerations of health, cleanliness and security are attended to, proper management and discipline are maintained in every respect, examine the registers of convicted and undertrial prisoners, the punishment book, other prison registers containing entries relating to prisoners, the prison accounts containing entries relating to prisoners, hear and attend to all representations and petitions made by prisoners or see and question any prisoner out of hearing, but not out of sight, of the jail officer, direct, if deemed advisable, that any such representations or petitions including appeal and mercy petitions withheld by the Superintendent under rules in force be forwarded to the State government,” it said.
The visitor needs to make an entry in the Visitors Book with the date and hour of the visit, any remarks as to the result of the inspection, call for from the jail record any book wherein entries relating to prisoners are made and inspect it unless the Superintendent for reasons to be recorded in writing refuses to allow such inspection on the ground that it is not desirable so to do in the public interest.