State set to release 1,400 on parole

With the Election Commission of India giving its nod to the resumption of parole for convicts,the state government is set to release around 1,400 inmates.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh | Published:February 22, 2012 1:00 am

With the Election Commission (EC) of India giving its nod to the resumption of parole for convicts,the state government is set to release around 1,400 inmates.

According to norms,if the model code of conduct is in force,convicts in a poll-bound states are not given parole till elections results are out. With this,the state government is now free to entertain the applications at its own level,without seeking permission from the state chief electoral officer (CEO).

Recently,the EC had allowed the government to consider on compassionate grounds,parole applications that had been pending since the model code of conduct came into force in the state. A decision in this regard was taken following a letter by the CEO which stated that a large number of parole applications were pending.

On Tuesday,state DGP (Prisons) Shashi Kant shot off a letter to IGP (Prisons) and superintendents of various jails stating that the EC has permitted the resumption of parole to convicts to whom it is due.

“Around 1,400 prisoners in various jails will be released on parole in the coming days. The EC has permitted us to do so. Various applications were pending with our officers. Prisoners,who have agricultural land,are given six-week parole twice a year to cultivate their land. Others are given four-week paroles twice a year,” said Kant.

According to sources,there are around 8,000 convicted prisoners in jails across the state. Each convict gets parole twice a year after jail authorities get favourable report about the prisoner from the deputy commissioner and SSP concerned. While about 90 per cent of the convicts get parole,only those convicted for heinous crimes may be denied the same.

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