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By J. Venkatesan
The plight of the prisoner, Charanjit Singh, in jail from October 1985 was brought to the notice of the Commission by the Director-General of Prisons, Delhi.
It was pointed out by him in February last that he had already spent 18 years in jail and even if he were convicted, his case would have been placed before the Government for premature release.
Acting swiftly, the Commission got an application filed in the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the trial against the prisoner in view of the inordinate delay in coming to a conclusion.
Pursuant to the Commission's efforts, the Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (VIMHANS) agreed to extend medical facilities to Charanjit Singh free of cost.
Also, after VIMHANS certified the condition of the patient to be stable, Help Age India had offered to accommodate him in their home without charging any expenses.
The High Court accordingly issued directions to the VIMHANS and he was shifted to the hospital on July 31.
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