Center, state government should consider releasing prisoners who have been in jail for 14 years: Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said that on the occasion of the 75th celebration of the country’s independence, some measures have been given to the central and state governments to release the prisoners (especially those coming from weak, economic and social environment) who have been in jail for 10 years. should do. Justice
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Center, state government should consider releasing prisoners who have been in jail for 14 years: Supreme Court


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said that on the occasion of the 75th celebration of the country’s independence, some measures have been given to the central and state governments to release the prisoners (especially those coming from weak, economic and social environment) who have been in jail for 10 years. should do.

Justice S. Of. Taking suo motu cognizance of a case, a bench of Kaul and Justice MM Sundaresh advised that prisoners who have been in jail for 10 years should be released on bail, while those who have been in jail for 14 years should be released on remission. Should be considered.

The bench said, if possible, a uniform exemption policy should be developed for all the state governments. The bench said that such cases, in which the state governments have objection to grant of bail to certain accused (who have spent 10 years or more in jail), those cases can be examined separately.

The top court said, “We are celebrating 75th year of independence. Why some action cannot be taken by the state governments, this is an opportune time to look into the issue where an accused is in jail for a long time due to weak economic condition.”

The top court suggested Additional Solicitor General KM Natraj to start a discussion on the issue as well as think out-of-the-box and that good behavior of prisoners should also be considered as a condition for their release.

The top court said that these initiatives of the state and central governments will reduce the burden of the lower courts in many cases.

The bench said that the ‘plea bargain’ prevalent in the US can be used, but sometimes it may not work, as the social stigma of punishment may compel the accused not to confess to the crime.

The top court posted the matter related to taking suo motu cognizance of the petitions of prisoners in Uttar Pradesh and the policy strategy to grant bail for further consideration on September 14.