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#COVID19: Parole to De-congest Prisons – SC directs States/UT

2020-03-23

In the wake of the COVID-19 bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde of the Supreme Court of India directed all the states and the Union territories to set up high level committees to determine the classes of the prisoners who could be realised on the parole for 4 to 6 weeks.

The Court in a suo moto case taken last week observed that in order to decongest the jails, the prisoners who are convicted with a jail term of up-to 7 years can be given parole. For the release of any or such prisoners from the Jail the High-level committee is to work with the State Legal Service Authority.

Notice has been issued to all the States and Union territories to comply with the same.

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