The Maharashtra government was ordered by the Bombay High Court on Wednesday to produce information of all FIRs filed and arrests made during the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as notify the court about the current crime rate in the state.
The ruling came after the state’s counsel, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, informed the HC that though the state’s high-powered committee’s orders on giving emergency release to qualified inmates were being followed, jails across the state were nonetheless overcrowded during the epidemic. Vaccination efforts for inmates and staff have risen as a result of the HC’s instructions, he said, adding that more prisoners are being tested for Covid-19 and the number of active cases among inmates has dropped to 114.
Last month, Kumbhakoni mentioned these 26 inmates, saying that despite being eligible for parole, they opted to remain in jail for reasons such as fear of being unable to support themselves outside, a lack of a place to stay, and unable to arrange meals for oneself. According to the court, the prison population grows as a result of police arrests. As a result, they must be educated on the guidelines set forth in the Arnesh Kumar decision, according to the court.