The Madras High Court on Thursday ordered the Chennai District Collector to decide and send his recommendation regarding the premature release of a life convict whose both kidneys had failed.
The Division Bench comprising Justice S Rajeswaran and Justice PN Prakash before whom the HCP filed by advocate Pugalenthi, Director, Prisoners Rights Forum, came up for hearing, directed the Collector to send his recommendation on the premature release of the detenu within 10 days from the receipt of the order.
“Admittedly, the health condition of the detenu is not satisfactory and two kidneys are failed. The Joint Director of Probationary Department has recommended for the premature release of the detenu. We find that the file is pending before the District Collector Chennai,” it said.
Thirumurugan, who was earlier lodged in the Central Prison in Cuddalore and transferred to the Puzhal Prison, has served his time for over 10 years.
The prison doctors had opined that Thirumurugan would survive only for a few days. Meanwhile, he had sent a representation on March 24, to release him on health grounds.
The representation was pending with the Collector of Chennai. Besides directing the Collector, the Bench also ordered the Secretary, Home (Prohibition and Excise Department) should consider the release of the detenu within 10 days as per Prison rules of 1983.