Return only on April 27, Ahmedabad prison tells those released on bail

AHMEDABAD: Courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic, authorities refused to accept Roshniben Vithlani, a convict in a check-return case, when he went to surrender after his temporary bail was resolved on March 27. A Ghatlodiya resident, Vithlani is serving a two-year prison term. She had posted bail last month to stay with her son, who appeared on the Class 10 exams.

Vithlani is one of the many prisoners who were denied admission to prison. Fed up with responding to inmates returning to jail after their brief release on bail or on parole, prison authorities have posted a notice on the prison door. It states that the condemned, who have been granted temporary bail or parole by the Gujarat High Court, must surrender at 5 pm on April 27.

The notice cites an HC order passed in a suo motu PIL last month by which the court extended bail and parole for all prisoners. The HC ordered it in a peculiar situation that arose due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the national blockade.

All prisoners are not so lucky.

However, all prisoners are not so lucky.

One convict for murder, Mohammed Ashif Ansari, was also out of prison on temporary bail granted by the higher court for caring for his son in his illness.

He sought more time to stay with his son, but the HC rejected his request on Tuesday and ordered him to be released to jail within two days.

The HC even ordered the police to make sure Ansari gets to the jail premises on time.

The higher court has also made it mandatory for the administration that no person should be housed in jail without ensuring that he/she is not a positive Coronavirus.

The mandatory test is applicable to all individuals, both for a new prisoner and for those inmates returning from temporary bail or parole.