STATE HOME DEPT MULLS NO PAROLE FOR TERROR, RAPE CONVICTS
MUMBAI: Individuals in jail for crimes such rape, terrorism, kidnapping, smuggling narcotics, mutiny against the state, and those serving life terms will not be eligible for parole, according to a state home department proposal that is soon likely to be passed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The move comes after Sajjd Mughal, convicted and thrown in jail for the brutal murder of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha in Mumbai, jumped parole earlier this year. Apart from changes to the parole norms, the state home department has also proposed changes to the act so that a criminal case can be lodged when a convict jumps parole.
“In almost all cases— terrorist activities, rape, narcotics — authorities grant parole. Even convicts of TADA cases get parole. The new proposal, however, will completely bar parole for six to seven serious crime categories, including rape,” said an official from the home department.