[Breaking] POCSO convicts cannot be granted COVID-19 emergency parole: Bombay High Court

The issue of whether POCSO convicts can be granted COVID-19 emergency parole was referred to the Full Bench by a Division Bench of the Bombay High Court recently.
Bombay High Court
Bombay High Court

A Full Bench of Bombay High Court on Friday ruled that persons convicted under the Protections of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act cannot be granted emergency (COVID-19) parole under the Maharashtra Prisons (Mumbai Furlough and Parole (Amendment) Rules, 2020 (Parole Rules).

The court ruled that the proviso to Rule 19 of the Parole Rules which bars prisoners convicted under certain special laws from availing parole would include POCSO prisoners too though POCSO is not expressly provided in the said proviso.

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