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Assam Jail Premises Cannot Serve As "Permanent" Detention Centres: High Court

The court fixed October 16 to consider the action taken report to be submitted by the state government.Premises of jails in Assam cannot be used as "permanent" detention centres for housing illegal foreigners, the Gauhati High Court said Wednesday, directing the state government to look for a seperate accomodation for the purpose.The court passed the order rejecting state government's argument of relying on a 2018 communication by the Union Home Ministry to declare a part of jail premises as detention centres.

"It is noted that even the model manual for the detention centres provides that the detention centres shall be set up outside the jail premises. If suitable accommodations are not available, the State Government may look for hiring of private buildings for the purpose," Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Barua said while hearing a batch of petitions."

News source ~ NDTV