HC seeks affidavit in AIDS victims' case

Vijayawada: The AP high court on Friday directed the superintendent of Rajahmundry central prison to file an affidavit about the condition of the HIV-positive inmates at the prison.
The superintendent was attending the court on Friday with the details of inmates. The AP high court posted the issue to July 6 and gave time for the jail super to file an affidavit.
The issue came to light after an inmate convicted for life moved the high court for bail on health grounds as he was suffering with HIV. The bail was opposed on the ground that there are 27 HIV-positive inmates in the jail and medical facilities are being provided for their treatment by jail authorities. Upon hearing this, the court had asked for complete details, seeking to know whether the inmates were infected before or after being jailed.
Meanwhile, the high court reserved its orders while hearing to an appeal filed by movie-goers’ association, challenging the orders of a single judge that allowed theatre managements to hike ticket prices. The high court allowed the petition in May, 2017.
Arguing on behalf of the association, GL Narasimha Rao argued that theatre managements are increasing ticket prices by 35 to 50 per cent based on the demand for the tickets in first few days of movies that are more in demand. He argued that the theatres are looting the customers with exorbitant ticket prices.
Appearing on behalf of theatre managements’ association, Durga Prasad argued that the matter is between the state and the theatre managements and that the movie-goers’ association is not a party to the decision. He said the association was resorting to blackmailing and argued that screening of movies is a business. To provide better services to consumers, theatre managements could not find any alternative to increasing ticket prices, he argued.

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