BLAST vs. Bangladesh and others [‘Inmates’ Diet’ Case]

Writ Petition No. 7986 of 2006

High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh

BLAST filed a writ petition challenging the flouting of the provisions relating to the diet for inmates by the Dhaka Central Jail Authority based on a newspaper report published in the Daily Star on 05.08.2006. The report stated that the inmates were provided with a very poor diet and were not served with fish or meat for two months due to the authority’s failure to approve a then contractor’s bid.

Argument: The petition stated that the Jail authority was bound to provide the inmates with fish or meat every alternate day at lunch or dinner under Rule 1098 of the Jail Code and that Rule 1101 expressly barred any alteration or deduction of the standard set in Rule 1098. The petitioners claimed that the failure of the authority to comply with their statutory obligations constituted violations of the right to equal treatment and to be treated in accordance with law and the right to life guaranteed under articles 27, 31 and 32 of the Constitution.

Laws Cited: Constitution, Articles 27, 31, 32; Prisons Act, 1894

Petition not pressed.


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