Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka under the bilateral agreement signed on Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners between India and Sri Lanka in June 2010, has transferred a total of 29 Indian prisoners to India to serve their jail terms, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said in a release today.
Pursuant to the signing of the agreement 31 sentenced prisoners under detention in Sri Lanka were found eligible for transfer to India to facilitate the social rehabilitation of sentenced prisoners in their own country.
The India-Sri Lanka bilateral Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons provides for the conditions under which such transfers can take place and the various obligations of the transferring State and the receiving State.
Accordingly, the requests made by eligible persons are processed by the Government of Sri Lanka and forwarded to the Government of India for completion of the necessary legal procedures on the Indian side. The transferred prisoners would be completing the remainder of their terms in India.
On completion of all formalities under the Agreement, 29 prisoners have been transferred from Sri Lanka back to India in two batches.
The first batch of 20 prisoners (6 from Kerala and 14 from Tamil Nadu) were earlier transferred in February-March, 2013, whereas the second batch of 9 prisoners to Tamil Nadu was transferred between 12 to 15 August, 2013.
The High Commissioner acknowledged the assistance rendered by all concerned departments of the Government of Sri Lanka and expressed hope for continued cooperation in this area.