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HC slams ‘mechanical’ way to decide bails,paroles for convicts

The Gujarat High Court has slammed the “mechanical approach” of the state government officials in dealing with applications for bail or parole from convicts lodged inside jails.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
May 26, 2012 4:31:29 am

The Gujarat High Court has slammed the “mechanical approach” of the state government officials in dealing with applications for bail or parole from convicts lodged inside jails.

The court’s observation came during the hearing of a petition by a murder convict who was denied parole due to “mechanical” negative remarks by the concerned superintendent of police despite the fact that in past,the convict was released from jail on bail-parole-furlough on 28 occasions and each time he reported back to jail in time.

The petitioner,Bhupat Khachar,is lodged in a jail in Amreli district and his application seeking a 30-day parole for construction of his house was rejected by the district magistrate after the concerned SP gave a negative opinion that it could cause breach of peace.

Khachar moved HC,which allowed his application after examining jail records that showed he had been in jail for around 12 years and was released on temporary bail,parole and furlough on 28 occasions but always reported back to jail in time.

The single-judge bench of Justice R R Tripathi granted the 30-day parole sought by the convict. The court also ordered the home secretary report to apprise it of the steps that are going to be taken to remove such difficulties by July 15.

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