COVID-19: J&K Govt sets up committee for release of jail inmates

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Jammu: On the directions of Supreme Court of India, the Jammu and Kashmir Government constituted a High Powered Committee to pass several directions for release of prisoners to de-congest the jails following the spread of Coronavirus in the country, official spokesperson said here on Wednesday.
The Committee comprises Executive Chairman J&K SLSA, Justice Rajesh Bindal, as its Chairman with Principal Secretary, Home Department Shaleen Kabra and Director General of Police(Prisons) J&K, V K Singh, as its members.
On the basis of the nature of offence, the number of years and severity of offence, the Committee proposed to release convicted prisoners and under trials,he further said.
With regard to release of convicted prisoners, categories of convict shall be considered for release on special parole for eight weeks, extendable for another eight weeks if the lockdown by the government continues, subject to good conduct a) all those who have been conceited in one case only and have spent more than ten years (eight years in case of women) in jail, except those involved in militancy related cases, convicted for intermediate or large quantity recovery under NDPS Act or convicted under POCSO Act or convicted for offence for an offence against woman, or convicted for offence of acid attack or foreign nationals.
All those who have been sentenced to imprisonment for three years with or without fine and the conviction has been upheld by the Appellate Court but revision against the judgment by Appellate Court is pending before the High Court.
All those who have completed their sentence but are still in prison due to non-payment of fine.
Matters pertaining to prisoners with advanced age, suffering from any illness may be examined on case to case basis, the spokesperson added.