Governor's nod, sought, release, 130 prisoners

Governor's nod, sought, release, 130 prisoners

Speaking to reporters, he said two list of prisoners have been submitted to the Raj Bhavan seeking permission to release them, along with a copy of new set of guidelines framed by the government for this purpose.

The then Governor Rameshwar Thakur had instructed the government to frame guidelines for this purpose. “I had met Thakur three times and explained to him the need for releasing the prisoners. But before he (Thakur) could take the decision, he was shifted to Madhya Pradesh,” he pointed out and added that he will shortly meet the new Governor.

When his attention was drawn to Karnataka High Court raising objection to the government releasing prisoners, Katti said, the government has the power to do so.

“The government releases those prisoners who are not habitual offenders. Those who would have committed crime in a fit of anger or any accidental reasons will be released.

It gives a good message to society,” he defended. The government has decided to expand the existing Central Jail at Parappana Agrahara in Bangalore to accommodate growing number of prisoners. The land acquisition process is underway, he said and added, the government will soon set up video-conference facility at seven central jails of the State for the online trail.

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