Coronavirus: Will introduce special parole and furlough for prisoners to decongest jails, Delhi Govt tells High Court

Tihar Jail
Tihar Jail

The Delhi Government today informed the Delhi High Court that it was going to amend its Prison Rules to provide for special parole and furlough to prisoners in a bid to decongest its prisons in the wake of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak. (Shobha Gupta & Anr vs UOI & ors)

The Court was informed that provisions for granting "special parole" and "special furlough" will be introduced for a certain category of prisoners in situations like epidemic, natural disaster or any such situations which warrant the immediate release of prisoners in their interest, as well as the interest of the society.

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