Centre submits fresh guidelines for granting parole

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 23:16

New Delhi: In the backdrop of the
controversy of Delhi government`s grant of parole to Jessica
Lall murder convict Manu Sharma, the Central government on Wednesday submitted to Delhi High Court a set of fresh guidelines.

As per the guidelines, the prisoners involved in
heinous crimes and whose release on parole is likely to
have serious repercussion elsewhere in the country cannot be
granted parole.

Filing its drafted guidelines before a Division Bench
of Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Muralidhar, Solicitor
General Gopal Subramaniam told the Bench that "the prisoners
who are considered dangerous or have been involved in serious
offence like assault, outbreak of mutiny... will not be
granted parole".

Denying the allegation that the government grants
parole to rich prisoners and ignores the applications of
poor, Subramaniam said the proposed guidelines suggested those
prisoners who were suffering from mental illness would not
given parole if not certified by the jail medical officer.

However, the government will grant parole or custody
parole to those prisoners in case of serious illness or
critical condition, on account of accident or death of a
family member besides the marriage of a family member, said
the counsel.

He said a prisoner can be granted parole for the
delivery of his wife in case of absence of any other family
member to take care of her.

The Congress government in Delhi had come under flak
for granting parole to Sharma, son of powerful Haryana
politician Venode Sharma, even while appeals by other
prisoners for such relief were pending.

According to the guidelines, parole period should not
exceed for more than a month and the government would keep in
mind a gap of at least six months before granting a second
parole to the prisoner.

The Court posted the matter for tomorrow for further
hearing.

Earlier, the Bench had taken exception to the
government`s grant of parole to Manu Sharma undergoing life
term for killing ramp model Jessica Lall in 1999, without
following the proper procedure of law.

The Bench had sought the government guidelines while
granting parole to the prisoners.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 23:16

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