The committee constituted for reviewing the cases of under trials languishing in Chhattisgarh jails, deliberated upon 57 sub-judice pending cases and took a decision in this regard.

This was the eighth meeting held by the committee. The committee was formed as per an agreement between Naxalites and state government against the release of abducted the then Sukma Collector and IAS officer Alex Paul Menon, in May 2012.

The purpose of the committee is to review all cases of under trials who are in jails for 2 years or more.

According to leading English daily, seven meetings of standing committee had been held, in which 'release on bail' was recommended in 189 cases. This includes 61 cases, in which the prisoners were released on bail, and in 48 cases, under-trials were given a clean chit. In 13 other cases, courts had sentenced the prisoners, an official here said.

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