Supreme court extends parole of accused in Suryanelli case
New Delhi: The Supreme Court extended the parole period of the accused in the Suryanelli case. The parole of the accused who are out on bail or parole was extended in the context of COVID-19 outbreak. The bench consisting of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Ajay Rastogi issued the directive in this regard.
25 culprits convicted by the high court filed appeals in the supreme court. The court observed that hearing on the pleas filed by all of them through video conferencing is not practical.
The bench made it clear that the pleas will be heard after the restrictions are lifted and lawyers are able to appear in the court directly. The parole was extended till then. 16 among the accused who filed appeal in the supreme court have completed their sentence already.
The court inquired if they want to proceed with the appeal. The lawyers of some of the accused informed that they would proceed with the appeal in order to prove their innocence. The supreme court directed the state government to hand over the list of those who want to proceed with the appeal, within 3 weeks.
The main accused Dharmarajan and Usha are still serving their sentence. Almost all other accused are out on bail or parole. Normally, parole period is considered as part of the jail sentence. So, the time period they spent outside the prison also is counted as the sentence.