Thursday, November 19, 2009

Kashmir Government Considers Release of Reformed Convicts

The state government has today constituted two high level boards –separate for Kashmir and Jammu provinces to consider and recommend the cases of convicts for remission of their sentences.
This move is being seen as a humane and pragmatic step and big relief for the prisoners who have become reformed beings while serving their jail terms. The boards, both headed by Director General Prisons Dr Ashok Bhan, will study the individual cases of convicts to make recommendations for remittance of their sentence.
An official spokesman said that the Government has constituted two Review Boards, one each for the Jammu and Kashmir divisions, to consider cases of convicts eligible for remission of sentence. These Boards have been constituted for a period of two years and will be chaired by Director General of Police, Prisons.
The Members of the Board for Kashmir division are; District and Sessions Judge, Srinagar, District Magistrate, Srinagar, Dr. Afzal Qadiri, former Professor, Law department, University of Kashmir, Miss Fozia Imam Ashai, Project officer, State Resource Centre, University of Kashmir, Dr. Qazi Masood, Professor, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Ms Nighat Pandit, NGO Help Foundation and a nominee of Advocate General while Superintendent Central Jail, Srinagar will be its Member Secretary.
The Members of the Board for Jammu division are District and Sessions Judge, Jammu, District Magistrate, Jammu, Dr. V. K. Kapoor, former Professor, Law department, University of Jammu, Mrs. Seema Shekhar, Advocate, Dr. Ved Ghai, Director Social Welfare, Jammu, a nominee of Advocate General while Superintendent, Central Jail, Kot Bhalwal, Jammu will be Member Secretary.

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