A bench of chief justice Abhay Oka and justice Suraj Govindarajan of Karnataka high court summarised an issue on which the state authority will have to respond to the bad conditions of state prison. The condition of state prison is questioned on the basis of hygiene of prisoners which includes the sanitation facilities which should be according to model prison norms six prisoners should have a common toilet but the reports submitted by government advocate shows In Bengaluru central prison for every 9.4 prisoners there is one toilet. And for the bathroom, there is one bathroom for every 15 prisoners whereas it should be one for 10 prisoners and the court pointed to lack of cleaniness for toilet, bathroom as well as general prison area. the next issue was overcrowding if there are any issues of overcrowding the state must on record whether there is any proposal for the new construction cells/barracks in the prison.
Another important issue bench said is food provided to the inmates of the prison state will have to explain whether an expert opinion is taken before the deciding categories of the food and its quality as the food must be healthy and nutritious and whether proper infrastructure is assured by the state for the making of the food like kitchens in jail and the availability of the staff member in the kitchen for preparing the food. Next, the bench said, "Written submissions do not throw light on the questions whether proper facilities are provided to meet their relatives." Noting that apex court in several cases has dealt with the issue including the famous decision of apex court in the case of inhuman conditions in1382 prison. The health of the prisoner was also accounted for as The bench said "The issue of health of prisoners is also of vital importance. Whether an adequate number of beds are available in hospitals attached to the prison. Other issues like clothes and children staying with their mother who are inmates of the jail and wages paid to the prisoners.
The suo-motu petition will be next heard on June 4.