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Tihar inmates seek landline, HC rings at state's door

Former police officer R K Sharma pleaded phone could be part of prison reforms.

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Updated:August 27, 2009, 8:24 AM IST
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Tihar inmates seek landline, HC rings at state's door
Former police officer R K Sharma pleaded phone could be part of prison reforms.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the state government over giving phone facility to the prisoners in Tihar Jail. The court took cognisance of a letter written by former police officer R K Sharma, serving a life term for murder of journalist Shivani Bhatnagar, demanding telephone facility in the country's largest prison which houses around 11,000 prisoners.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Manmohan asked the government to file a reply by October 7, the next date of hearing.

The court also appointed senior counsel Arvind Nigam as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the matter.

Sharma, a former inspector general of police, said in his letter that among the measures to reform the functioning of prisons, a landline telephone facility should be provided to the inmates.

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