To mark 75th year of Independence unclog the jails says Supreme Court


oi-Vicky Nanjappa


Published: Saturday, August 6, 2022, 8:10 [IST]

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New Delhi, Aug 06: The perfect way to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence would be to unclog the prisons and trial courts, the Supreme Court has said. The court implored the Union Government to quickly come up with measures to facilitate the release of under-trials and those convicted of minor offences.

A Bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M M Sundresh added that the inmates should ideally be left out on bail if the judiciary cannot decide their cases within 10 years.

To mark 75th year of Independence unclog the jails says Supreme Court

“The government is celebrating 75 years of independence as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ (elixir of freedom). This is the perfect time to utilise this celebration for coming up with measures to release under-trials and other convicts who have served a substantial part of their sentence. The idea is to unclog the jails and unclog the trial courts,” the Bench said.

“You may come up with categories of prisoners as well as offences where the inmates should be released. We are not saying someone who has committed a crime should not suffer incarceration. But protracted trials and keeping someone behind bars for the longest possible time without a conviction cannot be the solution. At the same time, first-time convicts of minor offences could be released on a bond of good behaviour. Similarly, after having gone through one-third or more of a possible jail term, an under-trial should also be released on bail,” the Bench told the Additional Solicitor General, K M Natraj.

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Story first published: Saturday, August 6, 2022, 8:10 [IST]

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