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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

Haryana govt remits sentence of convicted prisoners

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 18, 2014
First Published: 21:24 IST(18/8/2014) | Last Updated: 21:26 IST(18/8/2014)

The Haryana government has decided to grant special remission in sentence to prisoners convicted by courts. However, the remission would not be granted to life convicts and those who are on bail on the day of granting this remission.

A home department spokesman said remission of 180 days would be granted to the convicts who have been sentenced for a period of 10 years and above.

Remission would also not be granted to prisoners convicted for offences like abduction and murder of a child below the age of 14, rape with murder, dacoity or robbery, under NDPS Act, 1985; Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967; Official Secrets Act, 1923; Foreigners Act, 1948; Passport Act, 1967; Sections 2 and 3 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1961; Sections 121 to 130 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

He said convicts who have been sentenced for five years or more but less than 10 years would be granted remission of 120 days. Similarly, convicts who have been sentenced for two years or more but less than five years would be granted remission of 90 days and those who have been sentenced for less than two years would be granted remission of 60 days.

The spokesman said the remission would also be granted to all the convicts who were on the parole or furlough from the jail on August 15, 2014, subject to the condition that they surrender at the respective jails on the due date after the expiry of their parole or furlough period for undergoing the un-expired portion of their sentence. Sentence of imprisonment imposed in default of payment of fine would not be treated assubstantive punishment for the purpose of the grant of the remission, he added.

He said that all prisoners convicted by the courts of criminal jurisdiction in Haryana but undergoing their sentences in jails outside the state would also be entitled to get this remission as per the above scale.

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