New Delhi, Jul 16(ILNS)The Supreme Court today extended the release of prisoners on parole to de congest jails in view of the Covid-19 pandemic till further orders while stating that that the High Powered Committees are not following uniform criteria.
A Special bench of the Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice AS Bopanna noted, “We, and the amicus among others are not aware of the guidelines being followed by the High Powered Committee.”
The bench was hearing a suo motu plea initiated by the court to contain the spread of Covid-19 in prisons. Today the matter was taken up by the bench on an Interim Application filed by advocate Shoeb Alam to consider the remission plea of prisoners.
Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave appointed Amicus Curie in the matter said, ” We don’t have any idea about the respective HPC guidelines.
The Chief Justice also said, “That is exactly what I have to say… there is no uniform criteria followed, like Haryana and another state has only taken under consideration the age etc. and all other states have not taken these into consideration.”
Dave also submitted, “In the wake of impending third wave should we wait for some instructions from the Union of India, Solicitor General may assist. Otherwise we’ll send them back to the jail and then leave them again.”
However, the SG submitted that as far as the extension of release is concerned we do not have any objection.
The Bench then directed the Secretary of the National State Service Authority to submit state wise criteria being followed by them for the release of the prisoners.
The bench while listing the matter for further hearing on August 3, directed the Secretary to collect information from all the states and submit a report./ILNS/KR/SNG