Meghalaya coal

SHILLONG: The Meghalaya high court has directed the state government to file a detailed affidavit on all unlisted cases of custodial deaths.

The Meghalaya high court has granted the state government a six-week deadline to file the affidavit.

“Since the state seeks some time to furnish details of all other cases of custodial death, whether in jail or in police custody, a detailed affidavit indicating the cause of death, post-mortem reports and any report of inquiry should be filed within six weeks,” a division bench of the Meghalaya high court stated.

The division bench of the Meghalaya high court that passed the order comprised of chief justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice HS Thangkhiew ordered.

The court observed that though an affidavit on the cases of custodial deaths was filed by the Meghalaya government, there may have been some other cases of death in custody during the relevant period though the incidents may not have been in correctional homes or jails.

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“There is also a case of one of the inmates in a correctional home dying due to COVID. The State will indicate whether the usual compensation payable in respect of COVID death has been extended to the next of kin of the deceased in such case,” the Meghalaya high court asked.

“Copies of the State’s affidavit should be made available to all parties represented in the present proceedings including Dr Mozika, Amicus Curiae. Such exercise should be completed at least a week before the matter appears next seven weeks hence,” the Meghalaya high court order stated.

The Meghalaya high court has listed the next hearing on the matter on November 14.

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