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Stopped 25% deduction from prisoners' wages for victim fund: Delhi govt to HC

Stopped 25% deduction from prisoners wages for victim fund: Delhi govt to HC

NEW DELHI: The AAP government on Friday told the Delhi High Court that the practice of deducting 25 per cent of salaries of prisoners towards a victim compensation fund has been stopped.

The submission was made before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao by the Delhi government during hearing of a PIL opposing the practice.

"The deduction has been stopped pursuant to the high court's order," Delhi government additional standing counsel Gautam Narayan told the bench, which had on December 3 last put on hold the deductions.

Advocate Ajay Verma, appearing for petitioner Katyayini, told the court that of the funds collected till date from the prisoners' wages, more than Rs 14 crore was lying unutilised and it has to be decided whether the amount would be refunded or transferred to another scheme.

Taking note of the submission, the bench listed the matter for hearing on May 13 by when the Delhi government has to file an affidavit indicating what it intends to do with the unutilised amount.

Katyayini, a lawyer, in her plea has sought quashing of an August 2006 notification and the Delhi Prison Rules of 1988 which mandate the deduction.

The Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) has also opposed the deduction for creating a victim compensation fund, saying it was "not reasonable or justified" as the AAP government has now created a scheme for victims.

The DSLSA had earlier told the court that the rule for deducting 25 per cent of wages of prisoners was inserted in the Delhi Prison Rules when there was no provision for compensating victims under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

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