September 26, 2021

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Supreme Court paves way for release of 66 prisoners who spent 20 years in Agra jail

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Supreme Court paves way for release of 66 prisoners who spent 20 years in Agra jail
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Supreme Court paves way for release of 66 prisoners who spent 20 years in Agra jail
Supreme Court paves way for release of 66 prisoners who spent 20 years in Agra jail

NEW DELHI: At one stroke, the Supreme Court has paved the way for release of 66 prisoners of Agra Jail where they spent around 20 years while undergoing life imprisonment.
A bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and J K Maheshwari granted them relief and directed that they be released on bail while agreeing to hear their plea challenging UP government decision not to grant them premature release from jail.
The prisoners moved the SC through advocate Rishi Malhotra who pleaded that the SC recently directed the release of many similarly situated prisoners and the same interim relief be granted to them. “The petitioners who are languishing in various jails in UP sought to highlight a very shocking and sorry state of affairs in the state in as much as despite undergoing more than 20 years of total sentence and despite being entitled for premature release under the policy dated 1.8.18 having statutory force under Article 161 of the Constitution, they continue to languish in jails which is nothing but amounting to illegal detentions,” he contended.
Agreeing with his plea, the bench said, “Issue notice returnable in three weeks. Since the petitioners have been in jail for over 20 years, they shall be released on ad interim bail subject to the terms and conditions.”

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