The Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced that rape and murder convicts will no longer be granted parole.
The changes have been made to parole and furlough rules after a man serving life term sentence for rape and murder of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha went absconding earlier this year. Sajjad Mogul jumped parole and is yet to be traced after being released on parole to meet his mother. The case had led to serious embarrassment for the state government.
As per the new rules, those convicted of rape, rape and murder, any section of Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, dacoity or kidnapping will not be eligible for regular parole in Maharashtra. Those convicted of serious offences like child trafficking and convicts serving life until death will also be denied parole, ‘News 18’ has reported.
However, according to reports, the convicts will be eligible for ‘emergency parole’, which will be granted for a maximum of seven days and will not be extended under any circumstances.