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HRF urges govt for premature release of eligible prisoners

Written by: Staff

Hyderabad, Sep 14 (UNI) The Human Rights Forum (HRF) today appealed to the Andhra Pradesh government not to deny release of prisoners eligible for premature release in view of any cases relating to alleged misuse of power while granting pardon.

In a letter to State Home Minister K Jana Reddy, HRF President Burra Ramulu and General Secretary K Balagopal argued that, while hearing K M Nanavati vs State of Bombay case, the apex court laid down that it was open to the Governor to grant a full pardon at any time even during the pendency of the case in the Supreme Court in exercise of 'mercy jurisdiction'.

In a letter issued to the press, the HRF demanded that government should consider all cases of prisoners eligible for premature release on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of state formation.

Exercise of power vested in government under Article 161 of the Constitution, in case of appealing prisoners did not amount to interference with due and proper course of justice as the power of the apex court to pronounce upon the validity or otherwise of the release of Venkata Reddy remained affected, the HRF contended.

HRF added that the government should not have any problem in considering the pleas of ordinary prisoners who had completed more than seven years of sentence and deserved to be considered for premature release.


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