891 inmates to be released on parole from state prisons
Following Supreme Court orders to decrease crowding in jails as a preventive measure against spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a total of 891 inmates serving jail sentences of less than seven years in various prisons of Uttarakhand are being released on parole or six-month interim bail. Of these inmates, 36 are reported to be ailing, considering which the jail administration has been directed to keep these inmates in isolation under the monitoring of the health department.
It is pertinent to mention here that considering the need for maintaining social distancing, the Supreme Court had recently ordered that inmates serving sentences of less than seven years can be released on parole on interim bail depending on the nature of their crime and their behaviour. For the implementation of this order the Uttarakhand high court chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan formed a committee under the State Legal Service Authority head justice Sudhanshu Dhulia. The home principal secretary and director general of prisons were made members of this committee. On Friday, this committee held a video conference with heads of the district legal service authority to review the status of inmates serving sentences of less than seven years in the state’s prisons. Of all the inmates, 264 were found to have been sentenced to less than seven years while 627 were found to be undertrial inmates in various cases. The committee has ordered the release of all these inmates on parole.
Saturday, 28 March 2020 | PNS | Nainital
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