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Over 100 test positive in Arthur Road jail; Bombay HC says even prisoners have right to life

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It is open for the state government and jail authorities to take appropriate policy decision to tackle the situation to keep all the inmates safe and ensure that they shall stop the spread of virus in the jail. Since no imminent health impediment is reflected in case of the present applicant, application is rejected, the court said, reported LiveLaw.in.

Following directions of the Supreme Court, the state government had constituted a ‘High Powered Committee’ for releasing prisoners on emergency parole or temporary bail. The committee has decided to release those who are accused in an offence punishable upto 7 years of imprisonment but those accused under special enactments like MPID, MCOCA, UAPA, NDPS etc will not be eligible to be released.

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/over-100-test-positive-in-arthur-road-jail-bombay-hc-says-even-prisoners-have-right-to-life

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