November 1st, 2011
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Former Kerala Minister Balakrishnan Pillai released from jail

Pillai Thiruvananthapuram: Former Kerala Minister, Balakrishnan Pillai who has been convicted in the Edamlayar graft case  has been released from jail, under the cover of granting remission for convicts on the State Formation (Kerala Piravi) Day. The Jail ADGP will issue formal orders for the release of convicts after proper evaluation. Th Kerala Congress (b) leader was undergoing one years rigorous imprisonment for corruption.

Pillai had been condemned in connection with the award of contracts for Edamalayar hydroelectric project in the early eighties when he was the Minister for Electricity. The Supremem Court awarded the punishment on the appeal filed by Leader of the Opposition V S Achuthanandan against a High Court order acquitting him in the case.

Pillai was one among the 138 convists to be released today. His jail term has been reduced thus from 1 years to 2 months. Balakrishnan Pillai is the only convicts in the list of 138 who has been imprisoned by the Supreme court. Pillai who is supposed to be suffering from a very rare disease will spend only one more month in hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

Pillai who went behind bars on February 18, 2011 spend only 69 days in jail. Of his entire jail term he received 75 days parole and 84 days in hospital. Pillai’s term was to end early in January next year. Pillai’s accomplice and companion in crime, Congress leader,  P K Sajeev has also been released from jail. This decision of UDF has raised several allegations and though they claim this to be general order to benefit all, the opposition has raised doubts regarding their innocent order.

The UDF order is to benefit 25,00 prisoners in various jails. Going by State Formation day reprieve based on Article 161 of the constitution, those undergoing jail terms will be entitled to get relaxation in the sentence ranging from 15 days to one year.


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