Odisha govt to maintain social distancing in jails by releasing prisoners

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to release undertrial prisoners accused of bailable offences to discourage overcrowding in jails.

This is being done in view of COVID-19 pandemic. A high power committee has been constituted in this regard.

The government notification has said the committee will determine the category of prisoners who should be released depending upon the nature of offence.

The committee will also look into the matter relating to the number of years to which he or she has been sentenced.

The Committee is also entrusted to take decision for release of prisoners who have been convicted or are under trial for offences for which prescribed punishment is up to 7 years or less, with or without fine and the prisoner has been convicted for a lesser number of years than the maximum.

The  Odisha government has written to Orissa High Court mentioning that there is a provision to release the prisoners under sections 436 and 436-A of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) during the period of crisis.

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