The government has said that the Dera Mukhi had served 6 years, 1 month and 9 days imprisonment till 7 February 2022 in the rape case. Even if Dera Mukhi was considered a hardcore criminal, he was entitled to furlough. The furlough was granted on February 7 under Section 5A of the Haryana Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Act. In the petition, Dera Mukhi was described as a hardcore criminal. At the same time, it was said that he had not completed the minimum sentence of 5 years under the Act. In such a situation, he was given furlough wrongly.
The government said that the petition has been filed under political considerations as the petitioner is contesting the assembly elections in Punjab. This petition was filed without any ground. The furlough was given only under the rules and legal provisions.
On January 17, 2022, Dera Mukhi had sought parole for 42 days for the treatment of her ailing mother and to meet the family. His demand was sent to the police officers and the government. During this, the legal opinion of the Advocate General was taken, which said that the case of Dera Mukhi does not come under the category of hardcore prisoner.