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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

One-time remission to prisoners on I-Day

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 15, 2014
First Published: 07:24 IST(15/8/2014) | Last Updated: 07:26 IST(15/8/2014)

The Punjab government has decided to accord one-time remission of sentence to convicts lodged in jails of the state and undergoing sentence of imprisonment up to 20 years on the occasion of Independence Day.

The prisoners undergoing sentence of imprisonment for more than 10 years and up to 20 years have been granted one-time remission of sentence for one year. The prisoners undergoing sentence of more than seven years and up to 10 years would get nine months’ remission and those having sentence of more than five years and up to 7 years would get six months’ remission, jails minister Sohan Singh Thandal said here.

Prisoners undergoing sentence between 3-5 years would get three months’ remission and those having sentence below three years have been granted remission for a month, he said.

For the prisoners sentenced for 5-10 years, remission would also be considered on the basis of their conduct in the past five years.

However, those under the scanner of CBI investigations would not get any remission, the minister added.

This remission of sentence has been announced in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 432 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 (Central Act No.2 of 1974) read with Article 161 of the Constitution.

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