As a step taken to combat coronavirus, Prisoners released from police lock-ups and Rawalpindi Central Jail in Adiala.
A committee constituted under directions of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) released 230 prisoners on Saturday in order to prevent the spread of the virus in the overcrowded Adiala jail.
The committee, which led by Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat and includes Additional Deputy Commissioner Waseem Khan, civil judges Raja Mujahid Rahim and Salman Badar, Deputy Superintendent (Legal) of Police Azhar Shah, examined cases of prisoners related to the IHC’s jurisdiction.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued the directives while taking up a petition based on a report by the court’s judicial branch on Islamabad-based under-trial prisoners.
The report said that while the authorised occupancy of Adiala jail 2,174, the present number of people held in the jail 5,001. The number of under-trial prisoners whose cases are pending in courts under the IHC’s jurisdiction is 1,362.
Most of the incarcerated under-trial prisoners alleged to have committed offences that fall within the ambit of the non-prohibitory clause.