Uttar Pradesh Sits on Referral Pleas, Concerned Supreme Court Gives Government Deadline | India News
NEW DELHI: Faced with an “avalanche” of petitions submitted by inmates who have spent around 20 years in jail while being sentenced to life imprisonment in various prisons, but whose referral petitions have not been decided by the Uttar Pradesh government, the Supreme Court has expressed concern that the state does not make any decision and said it should be done within four weeks after the presentation of said statement.
Agreeing to hear a guilty plea presented by 28 inmates of the Agra Central Jail, requesting instructions from the state government to release them, a bank of judges Navin sinha and Krishna Murari asked the petitioners’ attorney, Rishi Malhotra deliver the copy of the petition to the permanent attorney of the Uttar Pradesh government.
The court initially said that the prisoners were filing many similar petitions in the Supreme Court for their release and that there is a virtual “flood” of petitions of this type being filed from one state (Uttar Pradesh).
As the Supreme Court had previously allowed some prisoners to be released from prison on bail during the processing of their application, many similarly situated life sentences who have spent more than 20 years in prison have approached the court for help. .
Referring to previous orders in which the court issued an order in favor of those sentenced to life imprisonment in more than two dozen cases, Malhotra asked that a similar order be approved in the case of the 28 petitioners. The bank said it can ask the government to make a decision on its representation within four weeks. However, the court postponed the hearing until May 4 after his defender insisted that the petition be heard along with other similar petitions pending in court.
On April 15, the court approved an order on a similar petition filed by a life sentenced man and asked the additional general counsel to help him decide the case.