‘Sikh prisoners in jail for 3 decades’, Manish Tewari seeks debate on remission policy

New Delhi, Aug 17 (KMS): After convicts in the infamous Bilkis Bano case were released, Congress leader Manish Tewari has taken up the case of Sikh prisoners languishing in Indian jails and called for a uniformity in the definition of remission policy.

“There must be uniformity across the country about definition of life imprisonment & remissions permissible.

“While some convicts walk free after 15 years others languish in jail for 30 years or more? Classical case- Sikh Prisoners in jail for 03 decades,” he said in a tweet.

All 11 life imprisonment convicts in the 2002 Bilkis Bano gang-rape case and murder of seven members of her family on Monday walked out of Godhra sub-jail after the Gujarat government allowed their release under its remission policy.

A special CBI court in Mumbai had sentenced the 11 accused to life imprisonment on the charge of gang-rape and murder of seven members of Bilkis Bano’s family on January 21, 2008. The Bombay High Court had later upheld their conviction.

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