A bill to ban mobile phones in prisons

The state government on Thursday tabled the Karnataka Prisons (Amendment) Bill 2022 in the Legislative Assembly to prohibit the use of mobile phones or any other means of communication on prison premises.

Any foreigner or prison guard who engages in the provision of prohibited equipment, including cell phones, or any other means of communication to inmates within the prison grounds, would be liable to imprisonment for three years, which can be extended for up to five years and a fine, according to the bill.

Members of all parties demanded a ban on the use of cell phones and other electronic gadgets by prisoners inside prisons.

The bill also stipulated that if the prisoner who did not surrender at the expiration of parole, deemed to be considered a proclaimed offender and on conviction, would be punished with a term of imprisonment of not less than three years and extended for up to five years with a fine.

The person who stands surety for the prisoner, who does not surrender, on conviction, shall be punished with a term of imprisonment of at least six months, which may be increased to one year with a fine.

The Bill sought to amend the Karnataka Prisons Act 1963 to make stricter provisions to create a good atmosphere inside and outside the confines of a prison as per guidelines given by the High Court of Karnataka in 2015.

Compensation

The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development (Amendment) Bill 2022 has been introduced in the Legislative Assembly to ensure the right to fair compensation and transparency in the Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Disposal Act 2013. Land Resettlement (Central Law 30 of 2013), with respect to land acquisition. The proposed legislation does not entail any additional expense.

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