Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 19: Kerala Governor P Sathasivam returned the file pertaining to the commuting the sentences of as many as 1850 prisoners lodged in different jails of the state for various periods.
The state has been witnessing the rise in crimes after the CPM-led Left front government came to power. There has been a sudden increase in fatal attacks on the RSS-BJP workers in Kannur – the home district of the state Chief Minister P Vijayan.
The Kerala BJP unit has taken a strong objection to this move of the government to commute the sentences of these 1850 prisoners.
Senior party leader and former state BJP president V Muraleedharan in a statement issued here said that the move clearly showed that the LF Government was not with the people but with the criminals in the state.
"The Vijayan government spoke of women’s security during the assembly elections and today they have used their special powers to commute the sentences of prisoners including those who are in jails for raping and outraging the modesty of women”, he said.
The government move comes at a time when figures show that attacks on women rose substantially in 2016 as compared to 2015 in the state, he added.
The Vijayan government has sent the list of prisoners to Governor Sathasivam for his approval and accent.
The Governor, however, returned the file to the government on Feb 15, seeking more details and clarification in view of the latest Supreme Court judgement.