Mumbai: Criminals Prohibited From Wearing Shoes During Case Hearings Due To Fear Of Unwanted Incidents

Mumbai, 20th July 2022: The special court has barred the accused from wearing belts and shoes during the trial for fear of unwanted incidents. The special court passed this order after the jail administration expressed its apprehension about the possibility that the shoes could be used to smuggle illegal goods into the jail.
A special court constituted under the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) dismissed an application filed by Ajay Karose, who has been lodged in Taloja Jail for six years. He cannot wear slippers while attending court hearings due to severe pain in his feet. Therefore, he had requested that he should be allowed to wear a belt and shoes while attending the hearing.
However, as per the jail rules, Ajay cannot be given such permission. Also, if the belt is allowed to be used, there is a possibility that the accused may attack other  prisoners and unwanted incidents may occur in the jail as well.
Also, there are instances of illegal items being hidden in shoes and brought into the jail even though inmates are not allowed to wear shoes, the official informed.