Jharkhand HC reprimands health center authorities for moving imprisoned Lalu Prasad to bungalow
Mr. Prasad, who was convicted in fodder fraud cases, was undergoing treatment in the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) for several disorders.
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Mr. Prasad, who was convicted in fodder rip-off cases, was going through treatment in the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) for several conditions.
The Jharkhand High Court on Friday pulled up the authorities for transferring jailed RJD president Lalu Prasad to the director’s cottage of a Ranchi health center from its paying ward in 2015 without seeking advice from greater authorities, and observed that the government is governed by law and not by any people.
Mr. Prasad, who was convicted in fodder fraud cases, was going through treatment in the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) for several disorders. The previous Bihar Chief Minister was in August 2020 moved from its paying ward to the director’s home, which was known as Kelly Cottage and was vacant at that time, to protect him from exposure to coronavirus.
He was reminded the paying ward on November 26, following an accusation that he, breaching jail handbooks, called a Bihar BJP MLA seeking his aid in defeating the NDA prospect for assembly Speaker’s post.
During the hearing of a case involving Mr. Prasad’s supposed offense of jail handbook, the bench of Aparesh Kumar Singh stated that if the RJD Chief ran the risk of being contaminated by COVID-19, the RIMS management ought to have very first informed the prison authorities.
A jail officer would have then decided where to move Mr. Prasad, the bench stated and asked why the RIMS management was in such a rush to move him to the Kelly Cottage.
The court said the RIMS management did not clarify in its affidavit what other options were thought about prior to Lalu Prasad was shifted to the directors bungalow and why that cottage was chosen.
The bench observed that the government is governed by law and not by any people.
In a report positioned before the bench on Friday, the inspector general (prison) sent that the health center moved Prasad to the bungalow as a measure to secure him from COVID-19
It said that there is no clear arrangement in the jail handbook on how to provide security to a prisoner and what facilities she or he would get if the individual is moved out of a jail for treatment.
The federal government is now making changes to the prison handbook and a basic operating treatment (SOP) is being prepared to consist of such scenarios, the report said.
The bench asked the federal government to finish the work by January 22.
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