Salman had offered to pay fine on behalf of inmates
Kanpur jail authorities have sent a list of 31 inmates, languishing in prison despite completing their term, to the Uttar Pradesh government for considering their release.
The move comes nearly four months after Bollywood actor Salman Khan had offered to pay fine on behalf of about 400 inmates languishing in jails across the state. "The state government had asked us for a list of those inmates who have completed their term but still locked up as they could not pay fine due to poverty or other reasons. The jail officials have sent a list of 31 such inmates to the government," Kanpur jail superintendent R N Pande said.
"The fine amounts due from these inmates varies from Rs 500 to Rs 10,000," Pande said. Khan's charity foundation 'Being Human' had written to jail authorities offering to help inmates who have served their sentence but are still locked up because they were unable to pay their fine due to poverty or some other reasons.
Jail authorities had sent the letter to the legal section. Following their clearance, a no-objection certificate would be sought from the administration. After the permission, the Foundation would submit about Rs 40 lakh thereby freeing approximately 400 inmates from jails in the state.
"In about 63 jails in UP there are 400 such inmates who have completed their jail term but are still inside because of their inability to pay their fine," IG (Jail) Vijay Kumar Gupta had said.
When a convict is sentenced for a crime, he is asked to pay a certain fine along with the jail term. If he is unable to pay the fine, the prisoner may have to serve an additional term. PTI