Temporary release of prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic: Blanket exclusion of prisoners booked under Special Acts challenged in Bombay HC

Arthur Road Jail
Arthur Road Jail

The Bombay High Court has issued notice in a plea challenging a decision to exclude prisoners in Maharashtra booked for offences under Special Acts from being considered for temporary release to decongest prisons amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision was taken by a High Powered Committee constituted pursuant to the Supreme Court’s directive last month calling for the decongestion of prisons with a view to minimising the spread of the Coronavirus.

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