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Jails not hotels: high court

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 21, 2013
First Published: 21:05 IST(21/5/2013) | Last Updated: 21:07 IST(21/5/2013)

Treating the case of a murder convict's release on parole twice in the past four months from Gurgaon jail as a public-interest petition, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Haryana government to explain its parole policy.

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Visibly anguished, the division bench comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain said jails were not hotels where convicts arrived for enjoying holidays and the rest of the time remained on parole.

Taking a serious view of the parole petitioner's example, the high court directed the state government to file a specific affidavit as to whether there was some policy for releasing prisoners on parole or the authorities were issuing paroles on their own whims and fancies to selected prisoners. The court has also asked the authorities concerned to explain how some of the convicts had been released on parole a number of times within a short period.

The division bench also refused to grant parole to murder convict Jai Prakash, who is lodged in the Gurgaon jail. The hearing is now on May 27.

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