Ram Kumar (37) on Wednesday gave his daughter Poonam (6) her birthday gift in advance.
He enjoyed the day’s celebrations with his daughter and rest of the family on Republic Day even though he was not supposed to. Kumar, a Tihar jail convict, was released on Wednesday a month in advance, thanks to a special remission granted by Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna on the occasion of Republic Day celebrations.
Kumar, who had been convicted under the Arms Act, was not alone. As many as 14 other inmates, who were all convicts and were charged with offences related to the Arms Act and the Central Excise Act, at the jail got an early release from their prison term due to the special remission.
In all, around 1,000 jail convicts, including murder convicts, have received the special remission from Khanna on the occasion of Republic Day this year.
The remissions were given to only those convicts whose “conduct was found to be good between January 26, 2010, to this year’s Republic Day,” said the jail’s spokesperson, Sunil Gupta.
The remissions are applicable to convicts belonging to three categories. Those sentenced to a jail term of
10 or more years got a remission of 60 days, while the remissions are worth 45 days for those having a jail term of between five to 9.99 years, and worth 30 days for those sentenced to jail term of between 1 and 4.99 years.
However, remissions were denied to a few other inmates. “Remission was not given to convicts who were charged with offences related to heinous crimes, narcotics, National Security Act and other anti-national activities,” said Gupta.
Apart from these special remissions, the jail’s rules allow “general remission” for the convicts, said Gupta. This category of remission is available for those convicts whose conduct is found good by the jail authorities, or, their jail labour falls under “special” category and considered to be good.