PUCL calls for early release of long serving prisoners
K G Kannabiran, the President of the PUCL addressed a press meet on August 24, 2006 at Chennai. He urged the State government to give remission to prisoners undergoing life imprisonment in the State and who have been languishing in jails from 12 to 15 years. He also called upon the government to treat Sri Lankan Tamil refugees humanely.
The practice of granting remissions was stopped by the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalitha during the past four years. The PUCL and other Rights groups were continuously demanding the restoration of the system. Responding to the forceful submission of Shri Kannabiran, the present Tamil Nadu government announced on September 1, 2006 remissions to life prisoners who had already served more than 10 year’s sentence, released 472 life prisoners from various jails of Tamil Nadu on September 15, 2006, the day of late Annadurai. – S Balamurugan, General Secretary PUCL Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry