Lahore High Court released 53 prisoners on Eid day, with directions to the District & Sessions Judges of Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahib to inspect their respective jails to know about inmates and their cases.

Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the directions during their visit to District Jail Sheikhupra besides Camp Jail and Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore on the occasion of Eid.

The judges directed both the district and sessions judges to depute two Female Judges (Additional District & Sessions Judge as well as Judicial Magistrate) to hold meetings with the female prisoners immediately after the Eid for knowing their problems and tabulation of their cases so as the same may be submitted to High Court for hearing on priority basis.

The judges also sought the details of bail matters in the three jails within a week for adjudication at the earliest. They expressed dismay over not releasing the jail birds involved in petty crimes and ordered release of a minor, Muhammad Sibtain, arrested from liberty roundabout sit-in of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The judges also directed jail authorities to ensure his return to home in Dera Gazi Khan before Eid besides getting his valuables back from the police custody. They observed that denial of bail depicts flaws in the system which must be removed. Justice Mansoor Ali Shah said that a pilot project had also been launched in the jails for introducing information technology and automation. Data of jails was being collected to have an easy access.

Jails would be interlinked with the Lahore High Court to get online record of cases for their quick disposal, he added. Shah also directed the jails authorities to get a website developed for online record and exchange of information regarding prisoners and their cases via e-mail.

The judges released 25 prisoners of District Jail Sheikhupura, 17 from Camp Jail and 11 from Kot Lakhpat Jail on personal surety bonds. The Judges also distributed Eid gifts amongst prisoners.