Delhi High Court issues a notice against the Delhi Prison Authority Order, suspending legal interview of inmates with advocates of their choice on account of Covid–19. The said notice was issued by Division bench of Chef Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan. On June 8th Advocate Ajit P Singh visited Tihar Jail to meet his client when he was informed that Delhi Prison authority had suspended legal interview with inmates on accounts of Covid–19. 

Accordingly, the petitioner filed a case against the Prison Authority stating the order passed by  the authority have violated Article 21 of  Constitution of India; the petitioner further stated that the said order is arbitrary as there are no provisions in Epidemic or Disaster Management act which empowers prison authority to take such steps. The petitioner also stated that denial of the right to consultation with advocate of his choice denies the inmates right to fair opportunity to approach court for a legal remedy. 

The petition was filed through Advocate Lav Kumar Agrawal; the matter is listed next to be heard on June 29.     

Siddharth Addy