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Madhya Pradesh High Court directs HPC to consider suggestions to decongest jails in the state in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19

Lawstreet Journal 24 May 2021 8:56pm

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A bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice Mohammed Rafiq and Justice Atul Shreedharan, on Monday, May 17th, 2021 observed in the Suo Moto writ petition, initiated in view of the unprecedented situation faced by the country to decongest the jails.

In this regard, the Madhya Pradesh High Court directed the High-powered Committee to consider the suggestions received by it and make its recommendation about release of prisoners. It was observed that the number of prisoners lodged in the different jails of the State of Madhya Pradesh, which was 45,582, is not going to be substantially reduced.

The suggestions, thus made in the wake of the situations, may not achieve and it was suggested that the High-Powered Committee ought to consider recommending the release of all such convicts on parole, who have either served out one third of the substantive sentence awarded to them or if sentenced to life imprisonment have completed incarceration of seven years or more.

The Senior Counsel and the Amicus Curiae suggested that the High-Powered Committee ought to also consider recommending release of all such under-trial prisoners on interim bail, who are facing trial for offences exclusively triable by the Court of Magistrate regardless of the outer limit of sentence.

Additionally, in the third put forth to the High-Powered Committed was recommended to release all women prisoners, both convicts and under rial regardless of the offence for which they have been convicted and the maximum sentence that may be awarded to them… Continue Reading...


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