Kohima: Nagaland government has announced its decision to remit the sentences for certain categories of prisoners who have been convicted by the courts (other than court martial) with criminal jurisdiction in the state and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence.

An official update from the government on Tuesday said that in exercise of the powers conferred by the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, the Nagaland government has granted remission of sentences to the different categories of prisoners, lodged in the jails of Nagaland and outside.

The scale of remission of sentence for different categories is:

a) For prisoners sentenced to 10 years and above, the scale of remission is 30 days;
b) For prisoners sentenced to 5 years to 10 years, the scale of remission is 20 days;

c) For prisoners sentenced to 1 year to 5 years, the scale of remission is 10 days;
d) For prisoners sentenced up to 1 year, it is 5 days.

It said that the remission granted under the order shall not be admissible for prisoners convicted under Foreigners Act; Passport Act; Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act; Section 3 to 10 of Official Secrets Act, 1923; prisoners convicted under Section 2 to 3 of Criminal Amendment Act, 1961; Prisoners convicted under Section 121 to 130 of IPC; Prisoners convicted under Section 107/109 of CrPC; prisoners convicted under Prevention of Corruption Act; prisoners convicted of rape, attempt to rape or assault on women.

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The remission is also not admissible for convicted prisoners found violating jail rules and discipline such as threatening/ intimidation/quarrelling/beating of fellow prisoners/staff and smuggling of contraband and prohibited articles; and foreign national convicted under any Acts.

It added that the remission order will take effect from August 15 by order and in the name of the governor of Nagaland.

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