Mumbai, Oct. 26 -- Two women, aged 90 and 80, convicted for murder, have approached the Bombay high court (HC) seeking premature release on grounds of illness owing to old age.
The convicts, Hausabai Koli, 80, and Champa Kamble, in their letter sent through Kolhapur prison in February, pleaded for premature release as they had served seven and 17 years respectively.
Koli, convicted for killing her daughter-in-law in October 1994, said she should be released as her daughter and grandson were ready to take her home.
Koli's health report, prepared by the medical officer of Kolhapur central prison in January, stated that she was suffering from illnesses related to old age and she could die in a few days.
Arfan Sait, appointed to represent Koli, said a police report and a district magistrate had recommended that she be released. Details regarding Kamble were not available as there was no lawyer to represent her in court.
Additional public prosecutor Poornima Kantharia submitted that files in relation to both petitioners were pending at the office of the Governor of Maharashtra.
The HC had, in July, expressed hope that a quick decision would be taken in the matter under section 27 (2) of the Maharashtra Prisons Review of Sentences Rules, 1972 (see box). "A grave urgency is involved in these petitions considering the age and health of both petitioners," a division bench of justice AS Oka and justice SS Jadhav observed.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.