In response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a freelance journalist, the state government on Wednesday informed the Bombay high court (HC) that the proposal for granting remissions to prisoners on the occasion of golden jubilee year of formation of the state of Maharashtra has been rejected by the home department.
The PIL was filed by Rajan Parkar stating that on account of completion of 50 years of the formation of state, prisoners are entitled to various remissions under rule 4 of the Maharashtra Prisons (Remission System) Rules, 1962.
Petitioner's advocate NN Gavankar had submitted that nearly 8,000 to 10,000 convicts are anxiously waiting to know about the outcome of the proposal. The PIL states that on account of the golden jubilee, the government was considering declaration of remission to convicted prisoners undergoing sentences. The ministry had also called for reports seeking details of prisoners and the superintendent of prisons have furnished the information, the PIL states.