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The Bombay High Court has been informed by the Maharashtra government that the plea of two women convicts, aged 80 and 90, seeking premature release from prison on account of old age, had been rejected by Governor K Sankaranarayanan.

A High Court bench had recently asked the state to urgently consider the plea of the two women convicts seeking premature release from prison.

“We are of the view that a grave urgency is involved in the petition considering their age and condition,” the bench had observed.

80-year-old Hausabai Koli, convicted for murdering her daughter-in-law for dowry, has spent over 17 years in jail.

She had pleaded for premature release saying her daughter and grandson were keen to take her home.

The health report of Koli, prepared by medical officer of Kolhapur prison, recommended her release on the ground that she suffered from illness due to old age and that she may not live long.

Another 90-year-old convict Champa Kamble has pleaded for release to spend the rest of her life with her near and dear ones.

Both convicts wrote letters to the High Court from Kolhapur jail, where they are serving their sentence, urging for release.

According to the Advocate Arfan Sait, who was appointed by the High Court’s legal aid cell, “under the Maharashtra Prison Review of Sentence Rules, 1972, a medical officer can recommend early release of a convict on the ground that he or she is suffering from illness which may aggravate the condition or result in death.”

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