Chandigarh, March 27 -- To decongest Burail jail amid the pandemic, around 35 per cent of its inmates are likely to be released on parole for 8 weeks, while under-trails will get interim bails for the same period.

On Thursday, following Supreme Court's directions, a high-powered committee was constituted to decide on the release of convicts on parole and interim bails.

The panel, headed by executive chairman of district legal service authority (DLSA) justice Jaswant Singh, including principal secretary home department Arun Kumar Gupta, IG prisons Om Veer Singh and CJM-cum secretary DLSA secretary, Ashok Kumar Mann, was called today.

Burail jail, which has a capacity of 1,120, currently houses 1,021 inmates, of whom 420 are convicts, 583 ...