Govind, who suffered brain haemorrhage in 2016 and partial paralysis in 2017 was on the list of prisoners whose premature release was decided by the state government’s sentence review board on April 24 this year.
Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: More than two years after he was declared terminally ill and unfit for incarceration, 76-year-old Krishan Govind — a prisoner convicted of the murder of his neighbour — died waiting for a postponed sentence review board (SRB) meeting to discuss his release from Delhi’s Tihar jail. On September 8, 1996, Govind and his son, Raju, stabbed their neighbour Ram Niwas after a tiff broke out between Niwas’s wife, Shashi Kala and Govind’s wife over Kala spilling water inside Govind’s house. In 2000, both Govind and his son were convicted.
Govind, who suffered brain haemorrhage in 2016 and partial paralysis in 2017 was on the list of prisoners whose premature release was to be decided by the state government’s sentence review board on April 24 this year. However, a day before the meeting was supposed to take place, Delhi home minister Satyendar Jain, also the chairman of the board, postponed it. Sentence review board, comprises the state home minister as it chairman, the prison’s director general, state home secretary, state law secretary, a district judge, the government’s chief probationary officer and a joint commissioner rank office from Delhi Police.