SC to constitute panel to look into issues in jails across country

The Supreme Court said that it would constitute a committee under the chairmanship of a retired Supreme Court judge to look into problems in jails, including overcrowding. The Committee will also suggest measures to deal with the problems. The apex court said the committee for prison reforms would also have two or three officials from the government of India to look into the issues, including that of women prisoners languishing in jails across the country. A bench comprising Justices M B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta expressed its displeasure that the government has collected a huge amount under the orders of the apex court but the funds are not being utilised properly.  The court was hearing a matter relating to inhuman conditions prevailing in 1,382 prisons across the country.