There are 59 cases of premature release of inmates of various jails across the state pending with the Punjab government for more than six months.
The state government's home department has submitted the information before the Punjab and Haryana high court in an ongoing case.
Now, the court headed by justice Amol Rattan Singh has directed the state government to inform it about the detailed reasons for the pendency of these cases, also incorporating details of cases in which these inmates had been convicted. The court has also directed the state government to apprise it within a week of what action it proposes in these pending cases.
The directions came on a petition filed by Bathinda jail inmate Sukkar Singh. The petitioner has been behind bars for the past more than 11 years in a murder case.
An FIR was registered against the petitioner in 2002 at the Bathinda police station in a murder case and he was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Bathinda court in 2003.
The court was informed that as per the Punjab government's policy issued on July 8, 1991, a life convict becomes eligible for premature release after completing 10 years in jail. The jail superintendent of the Bathinda district jail had on March 19, 2012, forwarded the request for premature release in Sukkar's case to the state government as per the policy provisions.