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Guwahati: The Supreme Court of India on Monday observed that detainees at detention centres of Assam who have been incarcerated for more than 2 years maybe released on a personal bond with one surety. This decision comes in the light of COVID-19 pandemic.

A bench comprising of Chief Justice SA Bobde, LN Rao and MM Shantanagoudar also reduced the stringent surety of Rs 1 lakh on the release of detainees in a suo moto case pertaining to the conditions of the children protection homes across the country, reported LiveLaw.

LiveLaw in a tweet said that the CJI justified the rationale behind the importance of Sureties. He said, “The people being released should have enough roots in society to get two sureties. We will reduce the surety amount required.”

Given the population density in prisons and such detention centres, SC on March 23 had directed all states and UTs to set up a high-level committee to determine class of prisoners who could be released on parole for four to six weeks.

According to data given in Lok Sabha last month, there are six detention centres in Assam with 802 persons under detention.

In May last year, the apex court had released the order of all detainees who have spent more three years in detention, subject to execution of bonds.

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