Individuals in jail for crimes such rape, terrorism, kidnapping, smuggling narcotics, mutiny against the state, and those serving life terms will not be eligible for parole, according to a state home department proposal that is soon likely to be passed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The move comes after Sajjad Mughal, convicted and thrown in jail for the brutal murder of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha in Mumbai, jumped parole earlier this year. Apart from changes to the parole norms, the state home department has also proposed changes to the act so that a criminal case can be lodged when a convict jumps parole.
“In almost all cases— terrorist activities, rape, narcotics — authorities grant parole. Even convicts of TADA cases get parole. The new proposal, however, will completely bar parole for six to seven serious crime categories, including rape,” said an official from the home department.
“The revised manual, early this year, had excluded section 375 (rape) and section 377 (Unnatural offences) from the list of eligibility for furlough too,” the official said.
The proposal also suggests that leave under parole be reduced to 45 days from 90 days a year, and that this leave will not be considered as part of the convict’s term.
“The period of leave taken under parole will not be considered as part of the term of the convict. The convict will have to serve it over and above the term,” said Dr Vijay Satbir Singh, additional chief secretary, home department.
Another official said the process of granting parole will be made more foolproof by giving only deputy inspector general of police or additional director general of police the power to recommend parole, instead of the superitendent of prison. The decision of granting of parole is taken by divisional commissioner, an IAS officer.
The home department will issue notification once the proposal is approved by the chief minister.