District & Sessions Judge visited Central Jail Bathinda
Paramjeet Singh, Ld. District & Sessions Judge and Dr. Mandeep Mittal, CJM/Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Bathinda visited Central Jail, Bathinda. They made visits to the blocks i.e. Hospital, Factory, Re-habilitation Centre, Female Ward and Sports Centre.
Some convicts requested that they want to file appeal against conviction orders passed against them and thereafter the, directions were issued to Superintendent of Central Jail, Bathinda to send their appeal to High Court Legal Services Committee and Supreme Court Legal Services Committee wherever required.
He also assured the inmates that they would get a speedy trial, in case the period of their detention is long and noted down the names of various inmates who requested for speedy trial. He interacted with those inmates who were in need of legal help and directed the CJM/Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Bathinda to take necessary action for providing free legal aid to the inmates who are in need of legal help and support. He also visited the Kitchen and tasted the food.
The Learned District & Sessions Judge, Bathinda also interacted with Para Legal Volunteers who have been deputed to help the illiterate and needy prisoners in writing down their grievances. A separate list was prepared for the under-trials who are in Jail for a long time and their challans have not been presented. The convicts and under-trials were further encouraged to continue Yoga and to channelize their energy for the well being of mankind and nature.
The CJM/Secretary addressed the jail inmates through public address system and briefed them that they should write down their problems on a piece of paper with complete particulars. The convicts were asked to take help of Para Legal Volunteers for jotting down their problems particularly for taking Free Legal Aid.