State to revise criteria for granting remissions to political prisoners on special occasions

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala cabinet has decided to revise the criteria for granting special remission to prisoners during special occasions. However, it is criticized that the latest move from the LDF government will give an excuse for premature release of political prisoners who are facing jail terms for party-related crimes.

By changing the existing criteria for remission, those serving a jail term for committing political crimes will receive exemption given to those other than convicts sentenced to life imprisonment.

Currently, prisoners are released on occasions like Independence Day and Republic Day. With the change in existing criteria, political criminals who completed a fixed term in prison will be eligible for release without completing their sentence.

Presently, there is no amnesty for those who have sexually abused children or women, those involved in drug cases and those who committed political crimes.

According to the government, the plan is about avoiding ineligible prisoners from getting exemptions from punishment. The cabinet meeting will soon release an order regarding the same.

According to the 2018 order, a prisoner is eligible to get a remission of punishment only if the person served 50 per cent of the punishment period or spent a maximum of two years in jail. Based on this, prisoners who were sentenced to four years can be released after two years.

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