Convicts serving jail sentence for crimes like rape, murder and dacoity in Maharashtra will henceforth not get “regular” parole.
Those convicted for offences like rape, rape and murder, smuggling of narcotic or psychotropic substances and dacoity will not be eligible for “regular” parole, as per the amendments made in the prison’s manual by Maharashtra government.
Additional Director General (Prisons) B K Upadhyay said a notification has been issued by the government making amendments to the Maharashtra Prisons Rule, 1959.
Changes were made to the parole and furlough rules in the wake of flak the home department received after Sajjad Mogul, serving a life sentence at Nashik Central Jail in the murder case of Mumbai-based lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha, jumped parole earlier this year. Mogul has not been traced since then.
According to the amended rules, a person whose appeal of conviction in higher court or any other cases filed against them either by central or state governments in any of the courts are pending and for which bail has not been granted by the related courts, will not be eligible for furlough.
A convict who does not have sound mental health as per his medical report, too will not be eligible for the leave.
Furlough will also be not granted to convicts sentenced for offences like dacoity, terrorist crimes, mutiny against state, kidnapping for ransom, smuggling of narcotic or psychotropic substances, rape, rape with murder and also those sentenced to life imprisonment till death.
Convicts, however, will be eligible for “emergency” parole, which will be granted in the event of death of grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, spouse, son, daughter, brother or sister.
It will also be applicable in case of serious illness of father, mother, spouse, son or daughter and marriage of son, daughter, brother or sister.
Furlough is leave from prison that every convict is entitled to by way of right. Parole, on other hand, is leave given by prison authorities based on their discretion.