The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing and ratification of an Agreement between India and Estonia on the transfer of sentenced persons.
This agreement will facilitate the Indian prisoners imprisoned in Estonia or vice-versa for serving remaining part of their sentence in their country and be near to their families. It will also facilitate their social rehabilitation.
India had enacted Repatriation of Prisoners Act, 2003 under which foreign prisoners are transferred to country of their origin to serve the remaining part of their sentence and transfer of prisoners of Indian origin convicted by a foreign court to serve their sentence in India. The transfer of such prisoners to their own native countries was to facilitate their social rehabilitation. India has so far signed bilateral Agreements on Transfer of Sentenced Persons with 27 countries in pursuance of the Repatriation of Prisoners Act, 2003. So far total 65 prisoners have been exchanged, out of which 55 were Indians.