Give information on decongesting jails in 5 days: Supreme Court | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday set a 5-day deadline for the states to furnish particulars of the norms employed for releasing prisoners accused of minor offences from overcrowded jails in accordance with the court docket’s March 23, 2020 order, which meant to forestall unfold of Covid however discovered to have been erratically carried out.
A bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices L N Rao and A S Bopanna frowned on the lackadaisical strategy of the states in releasing the inmates dealing with trial/convicted in offences punishable with lower than seven years imprisonment resulting in a whole bunch of prisoners over the age of 60 years nonetheless being confined to prisons even after greater than a yr of its order and the nation enduring two waves of pandemic.
Referring to the affidavits with sketchy particulars filed by the states about compliance of the orders, the bench mentioned, “The affidavits give no information as to how they have implemented the SC orders… There appears to be no uniform guidelines adopted by the high powered committees set up on SC orders in each state, for release of prisoners”.
“Except Haryana and Tripura, no state appears to have taken into consideration the age and comorbidities for release of old prisoners,” it mentioned.

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