The Nagaland government has decided to remit the sentences for certain categories of prisoners who have been convicted by the courts (other than Court Martial) having criminal jurisdiction in the State and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment with effect from August 15.

The remission was done to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Independence Day.

An official notification today said in the exercise of the power conferred by Sub-section 1 of Section 432 of the Code Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Act No. 2 of 1974), the State 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 sentences for different categories is prisoners sentenced to 10 years and above             (30 days), prisoners sentenced to 5 years to 10 years (20 days), prisoners sentenced to 1 year to 5 years    (10 days) and prisoners sentenced up to 1 year (5 days).

However, the remission will not be admissible to the prisoners convicted under Foreigners Act, Passport Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Section 3 to 10 of Official Secrets Act, 1923, Section 2 to 3 of Criminal Amendment Act, 1961, Section 121 to 130 of IPC, Section 107/109 of CrPC, Prevention of Corruption Act.

It will also not be admissible for rape, attempt to rape or assault on women, violating jail rules and disciplines such as threatening/ intimidation/quarreling/beating of fellow prisoners/staff and smuggling of contraband and prohibited articles and foreign nationals convicted under any Acts.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com