Friday, April 19, 2024

COVID Scare Forces Court to Give Emergency Parole to Murder Convict

Bombay: The Bombay High Court has granted emergency parole of 45 days to Asha Tayade, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life, serving her term at Yerwada Prison, Pune.

A Division bench Comprising of Justice RD Dhanuka and Justice VG Bisht heard a petition filed by Asha’s sister Shobha who asked for emergency parole leave for Asha because of Covid -19.

Advocate for Petitioner, Rupesh Jaiswal, submitted that keeping in view the judgment of the Apex Court and as also Government Circular dated March 26, 2020 in this pandemic of Covid -19 the concerned authorities ought not to have rejected the application of Parole leave moved by the sister of petitioner.

The petitioner’s sister has already undergone 12 years and 6 months of actual imprisonment and including remission she has undergone more than 19 years, completing substantial part of her sentence. 

Petitioner’s Councel assured the Court that the petitioner’s sister shall not commit any breach of the conditions of parole.

The Court said that “We have taken into consideration the fact that the Petitioner has already undergone substantial part of life imprisonment which is more than 19 years and there is no serious challenge to this aspect from the side of prosecution.

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Keeping precisely this in mind and as also the pandemic situation we are of considered view that here is a case which deserves all consideration and Petitioner’s sister, namely, Asha wife of Puna Tayade, Convict No. 2465 in Yerwada Central Prison, Pune deserves to released on parole for 45 days under Emergency Parole Leave (Covid-19).

On the basis of above discussed observation, the Court has granted Parole.

-India Legal Bureau


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