Punjab government on Thursday announced to accord one time remission of sentence to the convicts imprisoned for up to 20 years on the occasion of Independence Day.
Punjab jail minister Sohan Singh Thandal said the convicts 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.
"Similarly, prisoners undergoing sentence of more than 7 years and up to 10 years would get 9 months whereas prisoners undergoing sentence of more than 5 year and up to 7 years would get 6 months remission." Those sentenced imprisonment for 3 to 5 years would get 3 months and prisoners undergoing sentence below 3 years have been granted remission for 1 month, he said.
The Punjab jail minister said only those lodged in the jails as on August 15 have been granted one time remission of sentence.
Thandal further said in cases where a person has been sentenced to ten years in jail or for a period exceeding 5 years but not exceeding 10 years, the conduct of the person for the last five years would also be taken into consideration before granting him the remission of sentence.
He said if a person is on parole or furlough, the remission would be granted to him only if he surrenders himself before the expiry of period of parole or furlough.
The minister said no remission will be granted to a person who has been convicted for a serious offence and the cases being investigated by CBI.
The remission has been announced in exercise of the powers conferred by sub section (1) of section 432 of Code of Criminal Procedure (Central Act No.2 of 1974) read with Article 161 of the Constitution of India.