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Coronavirus: Delhi Government introduces Emergency Parole for inmates to decongest jails

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In the wake of Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, the Delhi Government has introduced a provision for "Emergency Parole" for inmates by amending its Prison Rules.

Emergency parole may be granted for upto eight weeks in one spell, in addition to the regular parole as provided in these Rules.

Earlier this week, the Delhi Government had informed the High Court that it would soon introduce provisions for special parole to decongest jails in the city to prevent the risk of COVID-19 infection.

As per the Notification issued by the Home Department, Delhi Government, the newly inserted Rule 1212A of the Delhi Prison Rules, 2018 shall read as under:

"1212A. Emergency Parole:

Notwithstanding anything contained in the Rules 1210 or 1212, in the wake of emergent situations like threat of epidemic, natural disastar or any other similar circumstances which warrant immediate easing of population of inmates in the prison, and, in order to secure the interest of inmates, the prison administration, and the society at large, the Government may grant up to eight weeks parole in one spell in addition to the regular parole as provided in these Rules. This shall be subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by the Government. Further, it shall be the discretion of the Government to decide as to whether the period spent by the prisoner outside the prison on this emergency parole shall be counted towards the sentence of the prisoner or not."

The provision for emergency parole has been added by the Delhi Government in pursuance to the exercise of powers conferred by Section 71 of the Delhi Prisons Act (Delhi Act of 2 of 2002).

Read the Notification:

Delhi Govt Notification
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