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Undertrial prisoners letters for speedy trial of their cases turned into PIL by HC

The Delhi High Court initiated a PIL on Friday on letters sent by undertrials lodged in the jails here seeking a speedy disposal of their cases, which were pending in the lower courts for years. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambani issued notice to the Delhi government and sought its response on the plea by August 13. The court initiated the public interest litigation (PIL) on its own by taking cognisance of five letters sent by seven undertrials facing trial for cases ranging from murder to drug possession and also under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Ujair Ahmed, one of the undertrials who wrote to the court, was arrested in 2013 by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for various offences under the UAPA and is lodged in the Rohini jail here for over five years. However, the case was yet to be put on charge, he has said in his letter, while claiming that he was falsely implicated in it. Another undertrial, Imran Khan, who is lodged in


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