When evaluating a petition for the early discharge of a murder offender, the Supreme Court stated that the state must adopt a holistic approach.
A bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar, Hrishikesh Roy, and C.T. Ravikumar asked the West Bengal Sentence Review Board to examine the case of a person who has been incarcerated for 21 years in a murder case.
“At first glance, we believe the grounds for denying the plaintiff’s proposal is ambiguous, if not incoherent. The Bench pointed out that this alone cannot be used to dismiss the proposition.
The state administration told the supreme court that his request had been rejected due to resistance from the victim’s family.
The Court further ordered the State of West Bengal to review the plaintiff’s case, considering into account all the factors, such as the fact that the petitioner had been held in a correctional facility for quite some time due to his “good behaviour” in jail.
The Bench has scheduled the case for a trial in 2 months and has given the prison review board six weeks to make a valid outcome. The case has been rescheduled for November 10, 2021.