VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh
HC on Tuesday raised several questions over “exercise of the powers” conferred on the state government under Article 161 of the Constitution to give remission to people sentenced for life.
Asking whether the state government and the governor exercised such power without following any minimum tenure of sentence, the HC also raised questions on the reasonability of the policy framed by the government on remission of sentence and called for submission of remission rules. One Mudi Navaneetamma from Nellore had moved the HC challenging the release of eight people who were convicted for murdering her husband Pardama Reddy. She challenged the GO issued by the government on August 14 releasing the convicts.
The governor granted special remission to the convicts on the eve of Independence Day. Those who got remission served their jail term for seven years. During the trial, they had spent close to three years in jail. Overall, they spent around 10 years in jail.
Arguing on behalf of the petitioner, Gudapati Venkateswara Rao said the AP government did not follow guidelines issued by the SC, which mandate that remission to life-sentenced prisoners can only be given after completion of minimum 14 years in jail.