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COVID-19: Set Up Panel to Consider Release of Prisoners on Parole, says SC to States, UTs

COVID-19: Set Up Panel to Consider Release of Prisoners on Parole, says SC to States, UTs
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed all states and Union Territories to set up high-level committees to determine the class of prisoners who could be released on parole for four to six weeks to avoid overcrowding in jails so as to safeguard against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The apex court said prisoners convicted of or charged with offences having jail term of up to seven years can be given parole to decongest jails. A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said that the high-level committee will work in consultation with the State Legal Service Authority for the release of prisoners.

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