In order to further the cause of decongesting the prisons as a measure against the spread of COVID19, the High Powered Committee headed by Justice Hima Kohli of the Delhi High Court has decided to release under trial prisoners suffering from certain chronic diseases on interim bail of 45 days.
By an order passed on April 18, the said relaxation applies to UTPs suffering from chronic diseases such as HIV, Cancer, Chronic Kidney Dysfunction (UTPs requiring Dialysis), Hepatitis B or C, Asthma, and TB.
As per the Committee's order, the following types of UTPs qualify for the further relaxation:
However, the Committee has decided to exclude the following UTPs from the aforesaid relaxation:
As per the Committee's order, approximately 50 UTPs who are suffering various chronic illnesses will be released in 3-4 days.
In light of the relaxed criteria, DSLSA has been directed to move the applications for interim bail of UTPs falling under the said criteria.
In the meeting, the High Powered Committee was also informed by the Director General of Prisons that as on today 2962 inmates/convicts/UTPs have been released on "Bail/Parole" for a period of 8 weeks.
The High Powered Committee was constituted by the Delhi Government in pursuance of the direction of the Supreme Court in a suo moto matter pertaining to decongestion of prisons as a precautionary measure against COVID19.
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