Kovid: The Supreme Court has ruled that paroled prisoners should not return to jails immediately

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed that prisoners who were granted parole during the Kovid period should not return to jails immediately. The court directed the state government to extend the time limit for those on parole to surrender. The Supreme Court’s order is in view of the Kovid situation in Kerala. The Supreme Court, meanwhile, said the government could decide on parole prisoners who have returned to prisons.

Dolphy, a native of Alappuzha, has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against the state government’s order to return the paroleed prisoners to jail on May 26. The court yesterday sought the state government’s position on the petition. The state’s additional chief secretary told the court today that the prisoners released on bail have been ordered not to surrender until October 30.

Standing Consul G, who appeared for the state government, said only those on parole were directed to return to jails. Prakash informed the court. However, the apex court ruled that prisoners released on parole and those released on bail could not be distinguished. The court also directed that the government order be amended in line with the previous judgment of the Supreme Court to provide benefits to those on parole.

The bench, headed by Justice L Nageshwar Rao, said the state government could decide whether to grant parole to the convicts on the basis of the government’s directive. The court directed the state government to respond to Dolphy’s writ petition within four weeks. Senior advocate Nagamuthu, advocates Subhash Chandran, Soyuz Mohandas and Kavitha Subhash appeared for Dolph.

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