Chandigarh, Aug 13 (PTI) Convicted prisoners in Punjab’s jails would be granted remission of up to one year in their sentences.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had recommended the remission in prison sentences as a goodwill gesture on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day.

The recommendation was approved late tonight by Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore who is vested with powers to grant the same under provisions of Article 161 of the Constitution.

A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office today said a remission of one year would be granted to prisoners who were awarded imprisonment from 10 to 20 years.

Likewise, a remission of nine months would be given to those with sentences of 7 to 10 years and 6 months to those incarcerated for a term of 5 to 7 years.

Prisoners, with sentences of 3 to 5 years would be given a remission of 3 months. Those with a conviction of less than 3 years would be entitled for a remission of 2 months, the spokesperson said

These remissions would, however, not be granted to a person convicted of heinous crimes.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.