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A ‘clerical blunder’ caused a two-year delay in the release of a 78-year-old Kanpur lady

May 22, Kanpur A bureaucratic error caused a two-year delay in the release of a 78-year-old lady from a Kanpur correctional facility, even after the Uttar Pradesh government had ordered her release after her life sentence in a dowry killing case was remitted.

“Suspension of the clerk has been recommended and personal bond (of Rs 50,000) has been sent to Nari Niketan, Lucknow, for acceptance and woman’s release,” said Rakesh Kumar Singh, the district magistrate for Kanpur.

In 2022, Governor Anandiben Patel granted remission to Sumitra, a resident of Naubasta, and issued an order of release.

District Probation Counter Assistant Ashish Kumar, not knowing how to submit a bond, kept the file to himself for ten months rather than sending it to the District Magistrate for clearance.

In a dowry killing case, Sumitra and her family members received life sentences. Her son Santosh is still incarcerated, and her husband passed away in prison.

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