Raipur: In continuation of its untiring effort, the Chhattisgarh State Legal Services Authority (CGSLSA) in collaboration with jail department has accomplished the first step of identification of those eligible life convicts, who fall within the eligibility criteria laid down in the state policies for premature release of convicts.
In five central jails, there are total 121 life convicts, 28 from central jail Raipur, 40 from central jail Bilaspur, 15 from central jail Durg, 16 from central jail Jagdalpur, and 22 from Ambikapur, have been identified for their premature release.
Now entering into the second phase, the jail authorities in coordination with CGSLSA shall accomplish the task of collection of documents of this identification of prisoners. If an application under sec 432(2), Cr.P.C of any prisoner is pending for opinion of the court then the requisite opinion would also be obtained with the assistance of concerning DLSA.
In third phase, identified cases will be sent for recommendations of the all concerning authority and in the last phase, the final decision would be taken by the state Government about the release of life convicts. Necessary legal aid would also be provided by CGSLSA to those whose release applications have been rejected.
This campaign Unmukt owes its origin as per the direction of Hon’ble Supreme court in SLP(Crl.) No. 529/2021 titled Sonadhar vs. the State of Chhattisgarh, wherein, the Apex Court picked three states i.e. Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar for the launch of a pilot project from August 1, 2021.