Justice Minister N. Regupathy said on Sunday that the state government would complete the process of drawing up guidelines for the release of 700 convicts, who had served long sentences in prison, within two months. at three weeks.
Speaking to reporters after visiting the central prison here to inspect the medical facilities and vocational training provided to convicts, Regupathy said Chief Minister MK Stalin told the State Assembly that 700 convicts, who had served their sentence in prison beyond 10 years, would be released on the occasion of the birthday of former Chief Minister CN Annadurai. “There were no obstacles to their release. The government insists that no convict, who has been involved in heinous crimes and has engaged in anti-national activities, should be released on the pretext of a goodwill gesture. Therefore, the process of developing guidelines for listing beneficiaries was ongoing. It would take at least 15 days to get to the listing. The convicts listed would soon be released,” Regupathy said.
Asked about the prolonged detention of foreign nationals, including Sri Lankans, in special camps even after serving their sentences, the Minister replied that no one had been detained beyond the term of the sentence in the special camps. There was no need for the state government to keep them in special camps. There were foreigners who did not want to return to their country. A few of them had serious cases pending against them and only those foreign nationals had been detained in the special camps, he said.
Regupathy said the DMK government was committed to delivering on its promise to release seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Similarly, a number of steps have been taken to obtain an exemption for the state from the scope of the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET). Chief Minister MK Stalin met with Governor RN Ravi a few days ago and impressed on him the need to give his assent to the bill passed in the State Assembly, asking for an exemption from NEETs for students of State.
Minister of School Education Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, collector S. Sivarasu and senior officials accompanied the Minister of Justice.