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SAD govt amends parole law amid Congress opposition

The Akali-BJP government on Monday made an amendment in an existing law for parole to prisoners, which was passed in the Punjab assembly amidst opposition by the Congress, accusing that the Badal regime wanted to use criminals in Punjab elections through this amendment.

punjab Updated: Sep 13, 2016 11:06 IST
Prabhjit Singh
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Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal at the monsoon session of the Punjab assembly in Chandigarh on Monday. (Keshav Singh/HT)

The Akali-BJP government on Monday made an amendment in an existing law for parole to prisoners, which was passed in the Punjab assembly amidst opposition by the Congress, accusing that the Badal regime wanted to use criminals in Punjab elections through this amendment.

The amendment includes addition of two sub-clauses to the existing law for parole that could now be given to a prisoner for renovation or construction of house and for agriculture and allied services.

“They (SAD and BJP) want the criminals out to win the elections. Why this bill is relevant now when the elections are round the corner?” leader of opposition Charanjit Singh Channi stated, after Punjab jails minister Ajit Singh Kohar proposed the Punjab Good Conduct Prisoners (temporary release) Amendment Bill, 2016.

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The amendment to THE Punjab Good Conduct Prisoners (temporary release) Act, 1962, was passed by a voice vote amidst uproar over the bill by the opposition Congress MLAs for half an hour. “There is no provision or the clause in the bill on who would be deciding the good conduct of the prisoner to be released,” Channi said.

Senior Congress MLA Sunil Jakhar took a dig at deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also the home minister, saying the criminals were operating from behind the bars. He said the deputy chief minister’s officer on special duty and a Youth Akali Dal leader had been recorded to have visited the accused killer of a Dalit lodged in the Fazilka jail.

“They actually want the release of such kind of criminals,” Jakhar said in the presence of Sukhbir who did not o react the opposition’s assertions.

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“Every kind of mafia is in Punjab today,” said Congress’ Ajit Inder Singh Mofar, as his party colleague Balbir Sidhu pitched in to point out “a murder in Kurali recently by criminals out on parole”. Mofar had a spat with Virsa Singh Valtoha of the SAD after he raised a question on providing parole to the prisoners booked under the NDPS Act.

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The treasury benches also proposed an amendment to the Punjab Agricultural Produce (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2016, and The PEPSU Townships Development Board (Amendment) Bill, 2016, that were passed through voice vote. These two bills pertained to an amendment to appoint senior vice-chairperson in the two public sector institutions— Punjab Mandi Board and The Pepsu Townships Development Board.