Dispose of parole pleas fast: HC

The Kerala High Court on Thursday directed all officers in charge of police stations to furnish reports expeditiously to jail authorities regarding the prisoners who have submitted applications for parole.

The court, while allowing a writ petition filed by the father of a prisoner seeking a directive to the Kannur Central Prison Superintendent to dispose of his son’s applications for parole, directed that such applications, whether addressed to the Director General of Police (Prisons) or to the Superintendent of Prisons or not, shall be disposed of by an order in writing.

The superintendents should forward the parole applications filed for the first time by prisoners to the DGP (Prisons) along with the reports contemplated under the Prison Rules. The court directed District Probation Officers to furnish their reports on request from jail authorities without delay.

It was brought to the court’s notice that parole applications were kept pending, affecting the right of the prisoner to appeal against the orders of the DGP or Superintendent of Police.

Article source: Kerala High Court

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