"This remission has been granted only to inmates who belong to Delhi. It includes 2,500 convicts this time. Many things are considered before granting convicts such remissions and the most important of them is that the inmate should be of good conduct during his stay in the past one year here," said Sunil Gupta, spokesperson of Tihar Prisons.
This is a discretionary power of the state government under Section 432 of the CrPC, he said.
This special remission has been granted to convicts who have served for less than a year to more than 10 years.
"As per this law, when any person has been sentenced for an offence, the appropriate government may, at any time suspend the execution of his sentence or remit the whole or any part of the punishment to which he has been sentenced," he said.
However, he said that those convicted for terrorist activities and held under the NDPS Act or other crime of serious nature will not be able to avail this facility.
"As per the remitted sentences, convicts who have served a sentence of more than 10 years have been granted remission of two months, those for a period of five to 10 years have been granted a remission of 45 days," he said.
Those prisoners sentenced one to five year have been remitted by one month and those inmates who have served below one year have been granted 15 days remission.
New Delhi: The Delhi government has remitted sentences of 2,500 inmates lodged in Tihar jail on the occasion of 63rd Republic Day. This special remission has been granted to convicts who have served for less than a year to more than 10 years.
First Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 11:05