December 13th, 2011
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Pillai’s release: VS can approach High Court

VS Achuthananthan New Delhi: The Supreme Court has refused to intervene in the early release Balakrishnan Pillai case and the apex court has asked the Kerala Opposition leader, V S Achuthananthan to submit his petition before the High Court.  The Supreme Court was to consider the petition filed by Kerala Opposition leader, V S Achuthananthan that is against the release of Kerala Congress (B) leader R Balakrishnan Pillai who was released by the state government under the cover of granting remission for convicts on the State Formation (Kerala Piravi) Day.

Justice P Sadashivam, B S Chauhan who convicted Balakrishnan Pillai in the Edamlayar graft case were among others in the bench that will consider the petition. Former Solicitor General Gopal Subrahmanian appeared before the court on behalf of  V S Achuthananthan. The Supreme Court said that it would be difficult to enter into the merit of the case. It observed that it cannot interfere with matters related to the details of the execution of punishment for breaking jail rules. As the Supreme Court has refused to intervene in the case, Opposition leader VS Achuthananthan withdrew the plea.  The apex court rejected the plea submitted by a Delhi law student, Mahesh Mohan against Pillai.

VS argued that the release of Balakrishnan Pillai is unconstitutional. He stated that prisoners who exhibit good behaviour are only permitted to be released on compassionate grounds. However, Balakrishnana Pillai has broken jail rules and was punished for the same.Though prisoners are not permitted to use a personal phone Balakrishnan Pillai spoke to a media person over his personal mobile that was broadcast. The time Pillai spent at the private hospital cannot be considered as part of his term in jail, VS states in his petition.

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