Raipur: In yet another noble cause based upon humanitarian ground, Chhattisgarh State Legal Services Authority (CGSLSA) in joint collaboration with Jail Department, Raipur has launched a campaign “Unmukt" for release of eligible convicts, who fall within the eligibility criteria laid down in the state policies for premature release of convicts.
CGSLSA member secretary Siddharth Aggarwal informed that the campaign owes its origin as per the direction of Supreme court in SLP (Crl.) No. 529/2021 titled Sonadhar vs. State of Chhattisgarh, wherein, the Apex court picked three states including Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar for launch of pilot project from August one, 2021.
Chhattisgarh High Court acting chief justice and CGSLSA executive chairman is closely monitoring this entire campaign and necessary instructions have already been issued to all the DJ/ Chairman of DLSAs to render all necessary support to the jail authorities. Instructions have also been issued for timely decision of pending applications of convicts under sec 432(2), CrPC. This campaign will pass through the four vital stages beginning from timely identification of eligible convicts, and ending with legal aid by CGSLSA to those whose release applications have been rejected, he said.
Aggarwal added that the timeline laid down by the Supreme Court shall be duly adhered to and this pilot project in Chhattisgarh will really facilitate the much needed experience for implementing it in other states too.
Meanwhile, back in 2019, Justice Prashant Mishra had penned down the judgement of Amarnath vs. State of Chhattisgarh in WPPIL No. 78/17, wherein, presiding Judges have been directed to decide the application for opinion of release of prisoners under sec 432(2), CrPC within the period of three months with proper application of their mind.