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Dharamvir v. State of Punjab & Ors. - CRM-48093-M-2006  RD-P&H 173 (9 January 2007)
Crl. Misc. No. 48093-M of 2006.
Date of Decision: January 16, 2007.
Mr. Nandan Jindal, Advocate
State of Punjab & Ors.
Mr. B.S.Baath, AAG, Punjab.
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE SURYA KANT.
1. Whether Reporters of local papers may be allowed to see the judgment?
2. To be referred to the Reporters or not?
3. Whether the judgment should be reported in the Digest? SURYA KANT,J.(ORAL)
The petitioner, who is a life convict under Section 302 IPC, seeks a direction for his premature release on the ground that he has already undergone about eleven years' actual sentence and total sentence of more than 16 years including remissions.
It is averred that after undergoing that much of sentence, the petitioner is entitled for premature release under the Government policies.
The respondents, on the other hand, have taken the stand that since the petitioner had committed some jail offence, his case can not be considered for premature release.
There is no denial to the effect that the alleged jail offence committed by the petitioner pertains to one day's over-stay when he was on parole. It is stated by learned counsel for the petitioner that as his mother was seriously ill, a delay of one day was caused in surrendering before the jail authorities. There is, however, no dispute that no final decision in relation to the petitioner's premature release has so far been taken by the authorities concerned.
After hearing learned counsel for the parties and without expressing any view on the merits of the case, this petition is disposed of with a direction to the Government of Punjab to take a final decision in respect of the petitioner's claim for premature release and while taking the said decision, to ascertain the correct facts in relation to one day's delay in petitioner's surrender after availing parole. If the reason given by the petitioner is correct, it appears too harsh to deny him the benefit of the government policy merely because of one day's delay in surrender after availing the parole. It is directed that appropriate decision in accordance with the government policies shall be taken by the concerned authority within two months from the date a certified copy of this order is received.
January 16, 2007. ( SURYA KANT )
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