New Delhi: Delhi police, which is under attack for its ‘insensitive’ attitude in gang rape case of 23-year-old paramedical student, is again caught on the wrong foot. And this time it is for giving bizarre justification for rejecting premature release of convicts serving life term.   

The callous attitude of the Delhi police was revealed during a sentence review committee meeting called by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The Home Department of Delhi government had sought replies from the district police chiefs over premature release of convicts who have been serving life imprisonment for the past 12 to 14 years.

While responding over the case of convict Raj Kumar, who is serving life sentence in cases of murder and robbery, the North-West district Deputy Commissioner of Police, citing report of SHO Model Town, said, his two brothers-Shankar Singh and Sukumar Singh-are labourers and reside in Katihar district of Bihar. His parents had already died. As per the statement of his village Sarpanch his conduct was good during parole period. But his release is not recommended.

In another case of convict Ram Roop, who is also serving life sentence, the DCP said that the convict belongs to a sound family and his four brothers are financially well off. The parents are residing at convict’s address and hence his early release is not recommended.

In both the cases, the DCP failed to justify his recommendations of rejecting premature release of the convicts.

The district police chiefs in their replies over various other similar cases rejected the early release of life term serving convicts by giving invalid justifications by citing the family background and financial health of their families.

The bizarre responses of the city police chiefs over the serious issue have not only put Sheila Dikshit led sentence review committee into an awkward position but also shattered the dreams of many families who are hoping early release of their loved ones.

Notably, the sentence review committee is headed by the Chief Minister which comprises several members including DG Tihar, police commissioner, secretaries of Law and Home department, a Magistrate and representative of social welfare department. Each member of the committee has a definite role in deciding the fate of the convicts.


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