New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked states to release prisoners in a bid to decongest jails on account of the virulent second wave of coronavirus sweeping the country, a media report said.
“The Covid situation is alarming and we have to decongest the prisons,” Chief Justice NV Ramana said adding orders passed last year will have to be repeated, reported NDTV.
The report said that a high-powered panel in each state has been tasked to determine the class of prisoners who can be released on parole or interim bail.
In March last year, the court took suo motu cognisance of the risk of COVID-19 infection spreading within and from the overcrowded prisons across the country while passing the orders for the prisoners’ release.
India reported the highest ever daily spike of over 4.14 lakh new COVID-19 infections while nearly 4,000 deaths also took place on the country.
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